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Jammers say no thanks to Big Tobacco
06/13/2008 1:11 PM ET
On Opening night, June 17, Jamestown Jammers General Manager Matt Drayer will sign a policy announcing that the Jammers will not accept money or promotional items from tobacco companies, further enforcing the Jammers' commitment to the health of our local youth.

"Last year, the Jammers' home field, Russell E. Diethrick, Jr. Park went tobacco free to clear out the air during games and other activities at the park. We've really seen an impact as far as fan turn out and enjoyment goes," Drayer said. "By not taking money from such a corrupt industry, we're taking a stand for the health and well-being of our kids."

Local Reality Check youth will be on hand to provide information about what community members can do as well. Reality Check has been working with the Jammers for several years to further educate teens about the dangers of tobacco use.

"Almost 90% of smokers start before their 19th birthday," Sam Vanstrom, Chautauqua County Reality Check Coordinator, said. "And roughly half of them will die early because of that tobacco use. Reality Check is working to save those kids' lives through education and work with groups like the Jammers."

The night will start at 6:40 PM with opening ceremonies, including the signing of the policy. Game time is at 7:05 PM. Reality Check youth will be on hand throughout the game with information and giveaways.

Reality Check is a youth-led action program that seeks to expose the manipulative and deceptive marketing tactics of the tobacco industry and to educate the community though civic action, engaging community members and leaders. It is part of a comprehensive tobacco control program developed by the New York State Department of Health.

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