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For Immediate Release

November 18, 2008

Contact: Jeff Lyons
Public Information Officer
Phone: 603-271-5602

Laconia Prison to Promote Better Health During Great American Smoke Out

(Laconia, NH) The New Hampshire Department of Corrections Lakes Region Facility in Laconia will use the annual Great American Smoke Out to draw attention to better offender health. On Thursday, November 20, 2008, all regular inmate treatment and programming will be cancelled so that the facility can present a day long health fair with an emphasis on promoting tobacco free living.

The event has been coined “The Great American Smoke-In” as it will take place behind the secure perimeter of the facility. It is being coordinated with the assistance of Breathe New Hampshire and the Department of Health and Human Services Tobacco Prevention Program.

Beginning at 8:00 a.m., the minimum custody male inmates housed at this facility will be able to take advantage of presentations about the dangers of tobacco and second-hand smoke, stress management, alleviating boredom, and general health. There will be helpful displays and handouts about going smoke free. Experts on hygiene and resources from Nicotine Anonymous will be available. Inmates can even participate in a “lamest excuse” contest.

“We believe this will be a positive and beneficial experience for the offender population and something that will give them the tools they need to remain tobacco free,” Warden Jane Coplan said.

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