Champlain Centre, operated by Pyramid Management Group LLC, will be celebrating its 9-year anniversary as a ‘Smoke Free property’. In celebration of this anniversary, Champlain Centre will be doing a butterfly release on Thursday, May 27th at 11:30am in their butterfly garden located by Regal Cinemas. The butterfly is a symbol of change, and the garden is representative of the positive change that occurs when people decide to quit smoking. Tobacco Free Clinton, Franklin, Essex and the Ted K Center partnered with Champlain Centre in this great community project. The Ted K Center kids have been growing the butterflies and will be participating in their release on Thursday.
“There is no better way to celebrate healthy places to live, work and play than watching the youth from Ted K Center release butterflies they grew and learned about into the butterfly garden. I love the opportunity to connect young people with healthy solutions and environment stewardship. Each one of us can make a difference, but together we make change,” said Dana Bushey Isabella, Program Director of Tobacco-Free CFE & Reality Check.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, secondhand smoke has been classified as a class A carcinogen, placing it in the same category as radon, benzene, and asbestos. Secondhand smoke contains more than 4,000 substances, over 40 of which are known to cause cancer in humans and many of which are strong irritants. The Surgeon General has declared that there is no safe level of secondhand smoke; even small amounts of secondhand smoke can trigger allergies, asthma attacks and other breathing problems.
“Providing a healthy environment for our customers and merchants is our goal,” expressed Lisa Getty, General Manager of Champlain Centre. “The implementation of the ‘Smoke Free Property Policy’ takes that commitment to another level. Offering a smoke free atmosphere goes a long way in positively impacting the well-being of a significant number of individuals.”