Students Working Against Tobacco to Commend Daytona International Speedway for First Smoke-Free Grandstand Event
- July 6-7 Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway (DIS) Will Be an Historic Event -
Teens from 22 counties in North and Central Florida will gather in Daytona to recognize Florida’s prestigious and historic sporting venue for its bold move to go smoke-free in its grandstand seats. The teens are part of Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) and will also challenge other sporting venues in the state to follow the example set by DIS and protect more Floridians and visitors. The youth will be joined by NASCAR driver, Jeffrey Earnhardt, who is supporting Tobacco Free Florida’s campaign in Florida this year.
WHO: Jeffrey Earnhardt, NASCAR Nationwide Series Driver
60 SWAT Youth from 22 counties
Dr. Bonnie Sorensen, Director, Volusia County Health Department
Andrew Gurtis, Vice President, Daytona International Speedway
WHEN: Tuesday June 19, 2012
WHERE: Daytona International Speedway
1801 W. International Speedway Blvd.
Outside the Gate 8 Grandstand Entrance
WHY: Daytona International Speedway (DIS) will hold the first event under the new smoke-free grandstand policy at the storied venue on July 6. 2012. SWAT wish to recognize the Speedway for this voluntary move that will protect Floridians and visitors from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke.
SWAT is a statewide youth organization working to mobilize, educate and equip Florida’s youth to revolt against and de-glamorize Big Tobacco. It is a united movement of empowered youth working towards a tobacco free future.
ABOUT TOBACCO FREE FLORIDA
Tobacco Free Florida is a statewide cessation and prevention campaign funded by Florida’s tobacco settlement fund. The program is managed by the Florida Department of Health, specifically the Bureau of Tobacco Prevention Program.
Smokers and smokeless tobacco users interested in quitting are encouraged to call the Florida Quitline at 1-877-U-CAN-NOW to speak with a Quit Coach. To learn about Tobacco Free Florida and the state’s free quit smoking resources, visit www.tobaccofreeflorida.com or follow the campaign on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TobaccoFreeFlorida or Twitter at www.twitter.com/tobaccofreefla.
Contact: Jessica Hammonds
DOH Office of Communications
(305) 573-9955 ext. 209
firstname.lastname@example.org DIS PR(386) 681-6782