Bowie Baysox Offer Free Tickets Through Tobacco Quitline

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To make Marylanders aware of the dangers of secondhand smoke and promote cessation resources, the Bowie Baysox are offering Marylanders free admission to their August 27 game against Trenton Thunder.

The team is partnering with the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s (DHMH) Maryland Tobacco Quitline Program to raise awareness on the importance of smoke-free living and of the free resources that are available through 1-800-QUIT-NOW.

“The Tobacco Quitline has already assisted thousands of Marylanders in their efforts to stop using harmful tobacco products,” said DHMH Secretary John M. Colmers. “This promotion with the Baysox is yet another incentive for our residents to use this life-enhancing service.”

To get free tickets, attendees must print out and sign a smoke-free home pledge available at the Quitline’s Web site at www.smokingstopshere.com. The signed pledge can be redeemed for two adult general admission tickets per pledge for the August 27 game.

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“We are delighted to host the Secondhand Smoke Kick off campaign,” said (Phil Wrye, Baysox Assistant General Manager). “We have been very committed to providing a smoke-free environment for families to enjoy games and we are delighted to use this event to help promote and support smokers who want to quit.”

During the game, along with public address announcements, Quitline staff will distribute materials that promote the benefits of smoke-free homes and cars, and will be available to talk about Quitline services.

Exposure to secondhand smoke has a significant negative impact on health in Maryland, where it is estimated to be responsible for 1,600 premature deaths each year, according to DHMH research. For children, secondhand smoke poses a double danger. Forty-four percent of underage youth in Maryland report that they are exposed to secondhand smoke indoors. In addition to the immediate health effects, children who live with an adult smoker are nearly three times more likely to become smokers themselves.

“There Are Lots Of Little Reasons to Keep Your Home Smoke-Free,” is the focus of the Quitline Program’s new media campaign to encourage Marylanders to protect their families by not allowing tobacco use in their homes, cars, or around their children. The campaign encourages Marylanders to support family members or friends who are smokers by letting them know about the free counseling and quit smoking medications offered by the Maryland Tobacco Quitline. Additionally, the Quitline provides information to family members and friends of smokers to help them support their loved ones in their quit attempt.

The Maryland Tobacco Quitline has received over 26,000 calls since it was launched in June, 2006. 1-800-QUIT NOW offers Marylanders free phone-based counseling in English, Spanish and additional languages. The Quitline phone number is 1-800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669).

The Baysox attract over 300,000 fans per year and provide affordable family fun to the Prince George’s community and the surrounding areas. They play their home games at Prince George’s Stadium in Bowie, located off of Route 50 on Route 301. Parking for all Baysox home games is free.

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