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TRUTH Targets Skiers With Anti-Tobacco Messages

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The Utah Department of Health (UDOH) is taking The TRUTH about tobacco to Brighton Ski Resort's terrain park. The terrain park is where younger skiers practice high-risk stunts, and UDOH wants to encourage them not to take risks by smoking or chewing tobacco.

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For the first time, The TRUTH is using chair lifts as a marketing tool. Funny cartoon strips featuring talking cigarettes can now be found on chair safety bars at the resort. "Skiers spend about ten minutes on the lift between runs," says David Neville, marketing coordinator for The TRUTH. "We're using this downtime to educate youth about the dangers of tobacco."

Monday nights are The TRUTH night all season long. Skiers get half-price night skiing on Mondays by printing a coupon from the www.FightTheUgly.com. Night skiers can also drop by a booth at the terrain park and enter to win prizes like an anti-tobacco snowboard or iPod.

More than 230,000 Utahns continue to use tobacco and more than 1,100 die annually as a result of their own smoking.



Nonsmokers understand smokers just fine. And because I suspect that smokers do not understand themselves, I want to help them in a spirit of human loving kindness. So here goes: Nicotine is a drug. It is more addictive than marijuana and has been proven to be more harmful as well. Tobacco smokers are drug addicts. As drug addicts they are not ill so much as morally depraved people who deserve as much disdain, ostracism and social inconvenience as can be legally meted out. But of course, as always, I could be wrong.