Kenai Peninsula Fairgrounds Going Smoke Free
Ninilchik, ALASKA—The Kenai Peninsula Fairgrounds will be smoke free this year. The Kenai Peninsula Fair Association
Board approved the policy on May 16TH, which went into effective June 1st. The Fair will be held August 16‐18.
A smoke free fair affirms a family‐friendly atmosphere,reduces the potential for children to associate smoking and
tobacco with a healthy lifestyle, and protects the public and fair workers from smoking and tobacco related litter and
pollution. This shows a great display of leadership and health for our community and sets a good example for our kids.
“80% of our litter patrol is done by 4H youth and it’s not fair to ask themto pick up cigarette butts dropped on the
ground by irresponsible smokers. It’sjust not in line with our mission statement and the message we want to give our
youth,” states Lara McGinnis, Fair Manager. The Kenai Peninsula Fair’s policy follows the successful smoke free efforts
of the Alaska State Fair, which went smoke free in 2011. “This decision came out of concern for the fair goer experience,
that not everyone is exposed to direct or secondhand smoke,” says Ray Ritari, Alaska State Fair General Manager.
Alaskans overwhelmingly favor smoke free places. Smoke free fairs protect fair‐goers from secondhand smoke, which is
dangerous outside and in.
Evidence exists that outdoor exposure to secondhand smoke may have health risks similarto those of indoor
secondhand smoke exposure, particularly in environments where many people congregate. The primary protection from
the health effects of secondhand smoke is the implementation of smokefree policies. These policies show that smoking
is not the norm, which is especially important because kids who start smoking before they are 18 are more likely to be
long‐term smokers. In fact, according to Alaska Tobacco Facts 2012 Update, 60 percent of adult smokers in Alaska
started smoking before they were 17. Among current high school smokers in Alaska, 31% started smoking before age 13.
Preventing kids from starting means fewer smokers in the future. Free help is available for Alaska adults who want to quit smoking by calling Alaska’s Tobacco Quit Line at 1-800-QUITNOW or visiting Alaskaquitline.com. Alaska’s Tobacco Quit Line offers FREE coaching, nicotine replacement therapies and/or cessation counseling.
For more information on the Kenai Peninsula Fair, go to www.kenaipeninsulafair.org
Tobacco Intervention Network (TIN)is a coalition of individuals and agencies dedicated to providing assistance to
individuals struggling with nicotine addiction and supporting policies that promote and protect healthy environments for
everyone. Their mission is to ensure that all tobacco users in the Central Kenai Peninsula have access to cessation
services and are protected from the dangers of second hand smoke.