FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
October 9, 2012
Portland Pirates Pledge to go Tobacco Free
Portland, Maine–The Portland Pirates, a member of the American Hockey League and affiliate of the NHL’s Phoenix Coyotes, are pledging to become tobacco-free during the upcoming season. Through an alliance with Partnership For A Tobacco-Free Maine (PTM), the players and staff of the Portland Pirates organization, as well as the Maine Hockey Group and Portland Junior Pirates, will attempt to refrain from smoking, chewing and using tobacco. Members of the Pirates are inviting their fans and supporters to join them in their tobacco-free pledge with support from PTM’s free resources.
There will be a press conference announcing the partnership between the Pirates organization and PTM on October 10, 2012 at 2 pm at the Portland Ice Arena. Managing Owner/CEO Brian Petrovek, Head Coach Ray Edwards, and Pirates Players Andy Miele and Alexandre Bolduc will be in attendance.
Everyone in the Pirates organization, including the Maine Hockey Group, the Portland Junior Pirates, and Pirates fans and customers, will receive information about accessing free support services through PTM. The Maine Tobacco HelpLine, 800-207-1230, is a free tobacco treatment phone service staffed by specialists. Callers can request telephone counseling, nicotine replacement medication, and quit materials sent by mail. People seeking to quit tobacco can also visit TheQuitlink.com, a web-based coaching system for tobacco users. The QuitLink connects people trying to quit with others who are in the quitting process or who have successfully quit. The online support network increases the likelihood of success for people trying to quit.
Nathan Winebaum – 207-828-4665 ext. 313
Chris Knoblock – 207-828-4665 ext. 310
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