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Zombie Tobaccolypse event takes a stand against tobacco

Members of the Alcorn County Mississippi Tobacco Free Coalition Board of Directors hand out flyers for the upcoming Zombie Tobaccolypse Fun Run from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20.

Staff photo by Lee Ann Story

By Lee Ann Story

For Daily Corinthian

The Zombie Tobaccolypse is coming and it's expected to be loads of undead fun.

The Mississippi Tobacco Free Coalition is hosting the Zombie Tobaccolypse Fun Run from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20, at Crossroads Regional Park (Corinth City Park). The event will be a special activity for "Kick Butts Day."

The event will be free and open to all area youth.

The message of the dangers of tobacco on youth will be part of the event and the theme will be "Don't let tobacco turn you into a zombie."

There will be First, Second and Third Place winners for each age category for the one-mile run and the entire evening will focus on fun and healthy living.

Alcorn and Tippah County MTFC Coordinator Stacy Brooks expressed hopes for the evening to feature glow-in-the-dark accessories, face painting, games, snacks and music as well as the fun run.

Dressing up as zombies to go along with the theme is encouraged in the spirit of the event.

There will be First, Second and Third Place winners for each age category for the one-mile run and the entire evening will focus on fun and healthy living.

The MTFC coordinator said the Zombie Walk should create a fun way to mobilize youth and adults to take a public stand against the dangers of tobacco use. It

The MTFC Board of Directors and event organizers met at a recently MTFC board meeting and luncheon to finalize plans for the fun run.

Along with event planning, Brooks made a presentation regarding the dangers of second hand smoke.

"No amount of second-hand smoke is safe," said Brooks. "It is the number one leading cause of preventable death in the United States and combined with obesity it is the number one cause of death in Mississippi."

She added that it costs the state about $1.3 billion in smoking-related illness in taxes and insurances.

"We've also got the largest group of children under the age of six with smoking-related illnesses," she said. "There's a relatively new term now called 'third-hand smoke'. It's just the exposure you get coming into contact with someone who does smoke, but they're smoking outside the home. Because it's still on their clothes, in their hair, on their skin."

Locally, the MTFC of Alcorn and Tippah Counties is funded through a grant by the Mississippi Department of Health of Tobacco Control.

(For more information, or to register for the Zombie Tobaccolypse Fun Run, call Stacy Brooks at 662-415-0374 or call Corinth City Park at 662-286-3067.)