Navigation Links
Rivalry Aside, Marlins and Rays Team Up To Fight Tobacco
Date:6/19/2008

Players Hit Home "I Care" Message to Fans

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., June 19 /PRNewswire/ -- They are rivals on the baseball field, but together the top-ranked Florida Marlins and Tampa Bay Rays are leading a campaign to educate Floridians about the dangers of tobacco. Tobacco Free Florida, an initiative of the Florida Department of Health, has teamed up with FSN Florida/Sun Sports to reach Floridians with its messages of smoking and smokeless tobacco prevention and cessation. Both Major League teams are seeing phenomenal success on the field and will be matched against each other in an Interleague series from June 24-26 at Dolphin Stadium.

With the start of the 2008 Major League Baseball season, eight players from both teams delivered the "I care. I don't chew. I don't dip. I don't smoke." message on video, and the finished product is showcased both in- stadium and on statewide television. By having hometown sports heroes voluntarily speak out publicly against smoking, chewing and dipping, and by showcasing those testimonials during live game action, fans hear loud and clear that the players care about this issue. The players featured on the "I Care" player IDs from the Marlins include Luis Gonzalez, Kevin Gregg, Matt Lindstrom, and Ricky Nolasco, Rays Manager Joe Maddon and players Jonny Gomes, Jason Hammel, and Carlos Pena. The videos can be viewed at http://www.tobaccofreeflorida.com/english/campaign/athletes/.

One personal story has reinforced this natural partnership. After using smokeless tobacco over 25 years, Joe Maddon, manager of the Tampa Bay Rays, quit cold turkey. It all began 10 years ago when his neck and back began to bother him. Using a wad of paper towels, which he inserted into dip and chew pockets for several weeks, he was able to overcome his addiction. Maddon laughed when asked if he missed it. "I don't miss it. Actually, if I tried to chew or dip right now I'd get sick within five minutes."

Tobacco Free Florida and FSN Florida/Sun Sports are committed to working in unison to deliver a statewide campaign that makes an impact by helping all Floridians live longer, healthier lives. And it's making an impact. Increases in the call volume of the state's Quitline have been attributed to the baseball campaign being shown on live statewide telecasts.


'/>"/>
SOURCE Tobacco Free Florida
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Parents show bias in sibling rivalry, says study
2. Patients own infection-fighting T cells put late-stage melanoma into long-term remission
3. Pioneering Solutions To Fight Staph, MRSA Infections in Sports Facilities and Synthetic Turf Fields
4. Minister Clement, Governor Schwarzenegger Join Forces to Fight Cancer Through Cancer Stem Cell Research
5. Fight Against Breast Cancer Receives Big Boost During Susan G. Komen Detroit Race for the Cure(R) With 344 Participants From Binsons, Northwood
6. In Smoke-Free Minnesota, Five Former Smokers Share Their Struggles With Fighting Addiction
7. New therapy shows promise for fighting treatment-resistant cancer cells
8. At the Front of the Fight Against Arthritis
9. New Class of Drugs May Fight Alzheimers
10. Food 4 Less Continues Fight to Help End Hunger in America
11. A Knock-Out Match: Kelly Ripa and Molly Sims Team Up to Fight Ovarian Cancer
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/27/2016)... ... June 27, 2016 , ... ... authorized OSHA Training Institute Education Center headquartered in Northern California, has issued an ... extreme heat at their worksites. Employers with workers exposed to high temperatures ...
(Date:6/27/2016)... ... June 27, 2016 , ... "FCPX editors can now reveal ... Final Cut Pro X," said Christina Austin - CEO of Pixel Film Studios. ... Cut Pro X users can now reveal the media of their split screens ...
(Date:6/27/2016)... ... ... TherapySites, the leading website and online marketing ... Association. This new relationship allows TherapySites to continue to extend their online ... and promotional offers. , "TCA is extremely excited about this new partnership, as ...
(Date:6/27/2016)... ... June 27, 2016 , ... ... its strategic partnership with Connance, a healthcare industry leader providing predictive analytics ... proprietary technology combine to provide health systems, hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers ...
(Date:6/27/2016)... ... June 27, 2016 , ... ... to revolutionize the emergency ambulance transport experience for the millions of people who ... Uber has disrupted the taxi industry through the use of technology. Now, SmartEMS ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/26/2016)... Australia,s successful biotechnology scientists, Dr Graham ... Noxopharm Limited [ABN 50 608 966 123] ("Noxopharm"). Noxopharm is seeking ... ASX. Noxopharm is a clinic-ready company with its first ... study later this year. NOX66 ... cancer patients - the ability of cancers to become resistant to ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... Jazz Pharmaceuticals plc (Nasdaq: JAZZ ) announced ... Act of 1976, as amended ("HSR"), with respect to ... CPXX ) expired effective June 24, 2016, ... previously announced on May 31, 2016, Jazz Pharmaceuticals and ... Jazz Pharmaceuticals has commenced a tender offer for all ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... Ontario , June 27, 2016  VMS Rehab ... Company,s Board will take whatever measures required to build ... Company,s stock which is currently listed on the OTC ... Wexler, Company Chairman and CEO, "We are seeing an ... difficult to understand, not only by the Company, but ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: