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Smoke Free Movie Night Goes Wild

(Left to right) Callie Symmers, Shelby Hehn and Alexia Shank-Pippel are working as Health Promotions Assistants with Oxford County Public Health this summer and are organizing this year's Smoke Free Movie Night.

This year's free Smoke Free Movie Night will feature the new live action Jungle Book.

WOODSTOCK - Oxford County Public Health is bringing to Jungle to Woodstock for the Smoke Free Movie Night.

On Friday, August 5th they will be showing the new live action Jungle Book Movie on an inflatable screen at the base of Southside Park Hill.

Summer Health Promotions Assistant and student Alexia Shank-Pippel says every year they carefully choose a movie with no smoking on screen.

"Children are influenced by what they see, so for tobacco industries it's one of the last places that they can still advertise to children and teens. We want to address the issue and get it removed from kid's movies so they don't see it.

Between 2004 and 2013, 57% of the top grossing movies featured on screen smoking - about 86% of those movies were meant for kids.

Callie Symmers is also a Summer Health Promotions Assistant and student. She hopes the Smoke Free Movie Night will shine a light on the issue.

"Smoking in movies is something that often people ignore or don't even notice but smoking can influence youth to start smoking. It's important that parents are aware so they can teach their kids that smoking does have an effect on future habits."

Although the movie is set to start at dusk, there will be games and activities starting at 7 p.m. and there will be free popcorn served. Admission is free but moviegoers are asked to bring a non perishable food donation. In the past the event has seen between 500 and 1,000 people attend.

Student and Summer Health Promotions Assistant Shelby Hehn hopes lots of people will stop by this year and have a good time.

"Bring whatever makes you comfortable - whether that be a blanket or an air mattress and enjoy the movie!"

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