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DOH-Volusia - Smokeout Events to Be Discussed at Tobacco Free Volusia County Partnership Meeting Oct. 22

October 18, 2018

Daytona Beach, Fla. - Smoking remains the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. Quitting at any age is beneficial to health, according to the American Lung Association.

The Tobacco Free Volusia County Partnership will meet at 3 p.m., Monday October 22, to discuss opportunities for community partners to hold a Great American Smokeout event Nov. 15. The meeting will be held in room 521 at the Florida Department of Health, 1845 Holsonback Dr., Daytona Beach. The meeting also will be available by conference call.

The Great American Smokeout is a national observance held on the third Thursday of November by the American Cancer Society. The event challenges people to decide to become a non-smoker on that day either by quitting or making a plan to quit

According to the American Cancer Society, blood pressure begins to decrease within 20 minutes of quitting. The risk of heart attack is cut in half in one year. The use of cessation medication and counseling can double or triple the changes of successfully quitting.

The public is encouraged to participate in the discussion. To access the meeting via conference call (audio only), dial 1-888-670-3525, passcode 917 914 7160.

For more information, please contact Kristen Mialki at 386-274-0601 or .

The partnership is a county-wide, locally organized group committed to saving lives and improving the overall health and wellbeing of residents and visitors by reducing or eliminating the use of tobacco products. The Partnership is organized to advocate on the local, state and national level for prevention of the initiation of tobacco use among youth, protection from secondhand smoke, and promotion of tobacco cessation.

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*Editor's note: Tobacco Free Florida's and DOH-Volusia's assistance with local tobacco free policy efforts are not lobbying but are services to build awareness and support of jurisdictional voluntary initiatives to improve the health of Floridians.

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