Anyone attending this Saturday's Powell River Kings Junior A hockey game will be in for a treat.
At the Saturday, November 24 game, VCH smoke and vape-free athlete ambassadors Jayden Lee (#4) and Ethan Schmunk (#28) will be signing posters following the game with a "Be tobacco and vape-free" message.
Fans can also pick up free sports towels along with health information to help them lead smoke and vape-free lives. There are also giveaways and an opportunity to win a gift basket filled with local donations from Coast Fitness, River City Coffee Roasters, West Coast Thick and the Powell River Recreation Centre.
"While we've always been focused on reducing tobacco use by young people, we're seeing an increase in the number of youth using electronic cigarettes, also known as vaping," says Sue Green, Tobacco Reduction Coordinator. "A lot of youth believe that vaping is harmless and we're very happy to partner with the Powell River Kings and players Ethan Schmunk and Jayden Lee to help raise awareness and encourage young people to be tobacco and vape-free."
The game against the Cowichan Valley Capitals starts at 5 p.m. at the Hap Parker Arena. Tickets are available on the Powell River Kings website. Come cheer on the team and help support the reduction in tobacco use and vaping in young people in the community.
VCH's tobacco reduction program initiates and supports initiatives related to smoking cessation, smoking prevention and protection from second-hand smoke. It also focuses on reducing tobacco use amongst school-aged children and youth.