Smoking Kills Taste Buds

Smoking can dull – or kill – your taste buds by changing the blood supply they receive1. truth – one of the largest and most effective youth smoking prevention campaigns, has partnered with BIGS® Sunflower Seeds to draw attention to the topic of tobacco, the ways in which its chemicals impact your taste buds and how sunflower seeds can help current smokers quit.

Seventy percent of smokers want to quit yet only 7.4 percent are able to each year. Chewing sunflower seeds can help curb cravings and are sometimes used by people trying to quit smoking.  As part of this collaboration, truth x BIGS will distribute mini bags of “#ChewOnThis Smoking Kills Your Taste Buds” sunflower seeds nationwide at a variety of events including the Vans Warped Tour, High School Nation, Nitro Circus and select Minor League Baseball games. The bags will feature humorous farewell messages bidding goodbye to some of the most popular BIGS sunflower seeds flavors, including Dill Pickle, Bacon and Ranch.

“Our partnership with BIGS provides a unique opportunity to reach youth and young adults in an unexpected way,” said Eric Asche, chief marketing officer of Truth Initiative®, the national public health organization that directs and funds the truth campaign. “We hope these products will start a conversation on the dangers of tobacco use. Having a tangible product in market that conveys our message is a perfect opportunity to increase the relevancy of the truth message. We are thrilled to work with BIGs on this life saving work.”

The truth x BIGS partnership is particularly well suited to reach young athletes, a population with whom tobacco prevention is particularly important as high school athletes use smokeless tobacco products nearly twice as much as their non-athlete counterparts 4. For many years, major league baseball players have used sunflower seeds to help them quit using smoke-less tobacco products like ‘chew’.

“Sunflower Seeds are a great alternative to tobacco products, and BIGS is proud to partner with truthin its mission to end tobacco use among our youth,” said Greg O’Neal, VP of Marketing for BIGS Sunflower Seeds. “By placing compelling messages about the hazards of tobacco usage on bags of BIGS seeds, we hope to provide our younger generations with the information and tools needed to make their own smart choices regarding tobacco habits.”

Since 2000, truth has helped bring teen cigarette use down from 23 percent to less than 6 percent in 2018.5 The truth x BIGS collaboration is part of the movement to inspire youth and young adults to be the generation that ends smoking for good. By encouraging young people to use their social influence and creativity in the fight against Big Tobacco, truth continues to take on an industry that spends $1 million each hour on marketing alone.

To learn more about how truth x BIGS are calling on people to save taste buds, visit

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IHOP® Restaurants Celebrates Six Decades Of Pancakin’ With 60 Cent Pancakes

For One Day Only, Guests Can Enjoy a Short Stack of IHOP’s Hot, Fluffy World-Famous Buttermilk Pancakes for Less Than They Cost in 1958, Available at Restaurants Nationwide

Sixty years ago, the opening of the first International House of Pancakes® – better known today as IHOP® – kicked off the all-day breakfast craze and revolutionized the pancake experience. To mark its milestone anniversary, IHOP is throwing a party and inviting guests to join by offering a short stack of its Original Buttermilk pancakes for just 60 cents on Tuesday, July 17 from 7 am-7 pm at restaurants nationwide*.

Established in 1958, brothers Al and Jerry Lapin found inspiration in the tropical tastes of coconut syrup and dreamt up the idea of a local restaurant centered around pancakes that served made-to-order breakfast favorites all day long. What started with one restaurant in Toluca Lake, CA, a suburb of Los Angeles, has today grown into an iconic American brand with more than 1,750 franchised restaurants stretched across the U.S. and around the world. IHOP continues to expand; earlier this year, brand leadership announced plans to open another 85-100 new restaurants in 2018.

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Noodles & Company Celebrates National Mac & Cheese Day With Wisconsin Mac & Cheese® Giveaway

One-day deal offers NoodlesREWARDS® members a free small bowl of Wisconsin Mac & Cheese, now packed with more flavor than ever

Noodles & Company (NASDAQ: NDLS), known for serving classic noodle and pasta dishes inspired by flavors from around the world, today announced an offer for all NoodlesREWARDS mac-loving members to snag a free small bowl of Wisconsin Mac & Cheese with the purchase of a regular entrée on Saturday, July 14, in celebration of National Mac & Cheese Day. Not a NoodlesREWARDS member? No problem! Simply sign up at

“If you’re looking to celebrate National Mac & Cheese Day, look no further than Noodles & Company,” said Nick Graff, executive chef at Noodles & Company. “Our Wisconsin Mac & Cheese has been our number one menu item nationwide for more than 20 years. Recently, we upgraded our cheese sauce to make it cheesier and more flavorful than ever before, giving our guests even more to love about our most popular dish. Our cheese sauce is also gluten- and rBST-free, and like everything else on our core menu, contains nothing artificial.”

At Noodles & Company, there is plenty of Wisconsin Mac & Cheese to go around. The 475+-unit restaurant chain serves almost 8 million bowls of its famous dish every year, using more than 4 million pounds of elbow macaroni and 3.1 million pounds of cheese sauce.

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Chick-fil-A Is Giving Free Entrees to Cow-Dressed Customers on Cow Appreciation Day

Celebration is Chick-fil-A’s largest, single-day customer appreciation event

Get your cow costumes ready – Chick-fil-A is celebrating its 14thannual Cow Appreciation Day on Tuesday, July 10. On that day, any customer who visits their local restaurant dressed as a cow will receive a free entrée (excluding salads) at Chick-fil-A’s more than 2,200 restaurants nationwide.

Adult customers who dress in any type of cow attire will be rewarded with a free Chick-fil-A entrée, such as an Original Chicken Sandwich, Grilled Nuggets or breakfast favorite, the Chick-fil-A Chicken Biscuit. Children will receive a free Kid’s Meal for dressing in a cow costume.

The Cow Appreciation Day celebration will last from restaurant opening through 7 p.m. local time, so guests can visit for breakfast, lunch or dinner (check local store listings for individual store hours). To prepare for the day, customers can visit for a full list of redeemable menu items and cow costume inspiration. Continue reading

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AFROFEST Set to Break Guinness Record for Largest Djembe Ensemble this Weekend

To celebrate 30 years of AFROFEST, Music Africa will attempt to create a New Guinness World Record by putting together the largest Djembe Drum Ensemble. This event is open to everyone: every race, nationality, background, drumming level. The festival is attempting to break two world records: for creating the largest djembe drum ensemble and for the most nationalities playing the djembe drum simultaneously, highlighting Toronto’s diversity. A Guinness World Record representative will be present at the event. This aspect of the festival will take place at Woodbine Park on July 08, between 9:00 am and 12:00 pm.

Scheduled for Saturday July 7th and Sunday July 8th, the 2018 edition of AFROFEST is featuring a dynamic selection of acts from over 20 countries, including Congo, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Burundi, Morocco, Jamaica and more presenting different vocal, music, drumming, dance, traditional and contemporary artistic styles. Headlining international acts include: Congolese Roga Roga & Extra Musica celebrating 25 years in music, Ivory Coast’s Afro-Zouk singer Monique Seka and Cameroon’s Queen of Bikutsi, Lady Ponce.

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Clean Juice Celebrates the Fourth & Offers Popular Smoothies Free of Charge All Day

Clean Juice wants you – to drink a free smoothie on the Fourth of July.

Participating Clean Juices locations will offer two of the brand’s most popular smoothies – the So Basic and the Tropical – free of charge all day (8am – 5pm**) on Wednesday, July 4, 2018. (**Hours may vary according to location.)

It’s a bold move – but what else would you expect from this revolutionary brand hailed as one of the fastest growing juice bars in the country.

Clean Juice was started in 2014 by husband-and-wife team, Landon and Kat Eckles. The only 100% USDA-certified organic and California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) franchise concept in the world, Clean Juice opened its first location in Huntersville, North Carolina in 2015. In less than two years, the company has awarded 111 franchise units across the U.S.

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Vegan Social Events Presents: The Sustainable Block Party + Pop-Up Market

Vegan Social Events is back this summer with The Sustainable Block Party + Pop-Up Market, in support of Tree Canada. This exciting event will bring together influencers, media makers, the community and local companies for delicious vegan food, drinks, eco-friendly shopping and more. This event will be held at Organic Garage in the Junction and is open to the public and free to attend from 11 am – 5 pm. Guest speakers including: James Aspey, an Australian Animal Rights Activist who is known for taking a 1-year vow of silence to raise awareness about animal cruelty, and cookbook author Sam Turnbull of It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken.

What: The Sustainable Block Party + Pop-Up Market
When: Saturday, July 7, 2018
Where: Organic Garage, 43 Junction Road, Toronto
Time: 11:00AM – 5:00PM

Vegan Social Events is proud to partner with Organic Garage, a Canadian grocery store that is dedicated to providing high quality organic products at everyday affordable prices. This event will be held outside their Junction location, overlooking the downtown Toronto skyline, with a view of the CN Tower.

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Baskin-Robbins Kicks Off National Ice Cream Month on July 1st with Free Samples of Polar Pizza® at Locations Nationwide

Celebrate all Month Long with Special Deals like a BOGO Cone through the Baskin-Robbins Mobile App on National Ice Cream 

Baskin-Robbins, the world’s largest chain of ice cream specialty shops, is kicking off its favorite month of the year – National Ice Cream Month – by offering guests a free sample of its Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Polar Pizza® Ice Cream Treat on Sunday, July 1st from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. at participating stores nationwide. This special offer on the first day of National Ice Cream Month is just one way that Baskin-Robbins is celebrating all month long.

On National Ice Cream Day (Sunday, July 15th), guests who download the Baskin-Robbins Mobile App will receive exclusive offers, like a BOGO Cone offer*, a BOGO 99-cent sundaes offer* and $2 off a medium Milkshake offer*. These deals can be used to enjoy any of Baskin-Robbins’ ice cream flavors.

Baskin-Robbins will also be ending National Ice Cream Month on a sweet note with its Celebrate 31 promotion. On Tuesday, July 31st, all regular and kids-sized scoops will be $1.50**. This offer can be enjoyed with any Baskin-Robbins ice cream flavor, including the Flavor of the Month, OREO® ‘n Cake, or a seasonal favorite like America’s Birthday Cake, which features strawberry and cake-flavored ice creams with blue whipped cream-flavored swirl.

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