Coalition for Tobacco Free Maui will recognize the 37th annual Great American Smokeout with a community event on Thursday near University of Hawaii Maui College's Pa'ina Cafe.
There will be interactive health awareness vendors, live entertainment by Lia Live and the UH-MC Culinary Arts Program's Thanksgiving Dinner Luncheon. The luncheon is free to faculty and students who bring three canned goods.
This free event is open to the public. This year's theme is "Tobacco-Free UHMC," which is a new initiative to move toward a tobacco-free learning environment, with the hope that in the near the future UH-MC will join the more than 246 other universities and colleges nationwide that have gone tobacco-free.
Students from Maui Economic Opportunity’s Youth Bank wave signs along Kaahumanu Avenue in Wailuku as part of last year’s Great American Smokeout event. This year’s festitivities will take place Thursday at UH-MC.
"Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States," said Anna Mayeda, community manager of health initiatives on Maui. "Quitting smoking is the most important thing you can do for your health and the Great American Smokeout is a great way to start."
For more information, visit www.tobaccofreehawaii.org/maui.