SOS encourage tobacco prevention at “Cinco de Mayo”

The Minority Initiative Sub-Recipient Grant Office, MISRGO’s, “Stamp Out Smoking” program will again partner with local Hispanic organizations to encourage tobacco prevention and cessation in remembrance of Cinco de Mayo. Saturday, May 3rd from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the 11th annual Cinco de Mayo ¡Hola! Arkansas Health & Safety Fest will take place at MacArthur Park in Little Rock.

Cinco de Mayo is an annual observance day wherein Hispanic communities pay tribute and celebrate the culture and the Mexican history.
¡Hola! Arkansas Health & Safety Fest Cinco de Mayo celebration will provide free health services, food, games and information promoting a safer and healthier life in Arkansas, including the importance of tobacco prevention and cessation programs among the Arkansas’ Hispanic community.

“We look forward to partnering with organizations within our Hispanic community, once again, to advocate tobacco-free lives,” explained Kyle Hartsfield, Minority Initiative Sub-Recipient Grant Office Project Specialist/Outreach. “It is essential, now more than ever, that we rally around the importance of tobacco prevention and cessation amongst all minority communities. Tobacco consumption is afflicting our communities at an unprecedented rate, and we must do something about it.”

According to the most recent Census, 1 out of every 6 Arkansans are Hispanic. “Cinco de Mayo is a great opportunity to inform that growing community of the importance of eliminating tobacco consumption not only for themselves but for their families. Through its partnership with ¡Hola! Arkansas MISRGO will host a display booth, disseminating educational materials, brochures and the tobacco quitting call registration program.

Beyond Cinco de Mayo, MISRGO has partnered with several Hispanic organizations to consistently advocate tobacco-free lives amongst Hispanic communities. These partnerships have afforded MISRGO numerous messaging opportunities including: Hispanic Heritage Month Festival and Mex-Ark Soccer Games. For more information about the Minority Initiative Sub-Recipient Grant Office and its Hispanic outreach programs, call 870.575.8923 or visit

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