DOH MEDIA ADVISORY: Great American Smokeout event at State Capitol on Nov. 17

Posted on Nov 15, 2016 in Latest News

IN HONOR OF THE 2016 GREAT AMERICAN SMOKEOUT HAWAII CELEBRATES 10 YEARS OF BEING “SMOKE-FREE” WITH PREMIERE OF SPECIAL DOCUMENTARY AND NEW STRATEGIC PLAN

Event: The Hawaii Department of Health, tobacco prevention advocates, and policymakers from across the state will celebrate the 10-year anniversary of Hawaii’s landmark 2006 Clean Indoor Air Act which expanded smoke-free prohibitions in enclosed and partially enclosed areas statewide. The event will commemorate the past 10 years of the state’s accomplishments in tobacco prevention with a screening of an exclusive locally-produced documentary highlighting Hawaii’s successes over the last decade, and a new strategic plan for addressing current tobacco use in Hawaii will be unveiled.

The celebration also commemorates the 41st annual Great American Smokeout. A national event that encourages smokers to make a plan to quit or to plan in advance and quit smoking on that day.

Date: Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016

Time: 9:00 – 9:30 a.m.

Location: Hawaii State Capitol Auditorium (Basement)

Speakers:

  • Virginia Pressler, M.D., Director of Health;
  • John Robitscher, CEO of the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD);
  • Elizabeth K. Tam, M.D., Chair of the Tobacco Prevention and Control Advisory Board;
  • Keawe Kaholokula, Ph.D., Chair of the Board of Directors for the Hawaii Public Health Institute;
  • Jessica Yamauchi, M.A., Executive Director of the Hawaii Public Health Institute

MEDIA CONTACT:

Danny de Gracia, Th.D., D.Min., M.A.

Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Division

Phone: 586-4495

Email daniel.p.degracia@doh.hawaii.gov