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Press Release
New York City Department of Health
Office of Public Affairs
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Sandra Mullin/Andrew Tucker
Friday, February 1, 2002
(212) 295-5335/5336


PRESS ADVISORY:

NEW YORK CITY ANTI-TOBACCO YOUTH SUMMIT 2002: REALITY CHECK


The New York City Department of Health announced today that an anti-tobacco youth summit connected with the statewide youth anti-tobacco initiative Reality Check will take place tomorrow, Saturday, February 2. The summit invites participants ranging in age from 13-18 to learn about the pernicious marketing tactics of the tobacco industry, the health impacts of smoking, and the necessary tools to taking a leadership role in the fight against tobacco.

New York City Health Commissioner Thomas R. Frieden, MD, MPH, said, "Smoking increases the risk of heart disease, stroke, and many forms of cancer. Approximately 3,000 kids start smoking every day in the U.S.; of these, one third will die from a disease caused by smoking. Young people have to be supported to be on the front lines of the battle against tobacco addiction. Reality Check's goal is to enlist youth in the battle against this serious public health problem."

The summit will include educational sessions and workgroups focusing on:

  • Decreasing tobacco use by youth and adults;
  • Reducing tobacco use in different populations; and
  • Reducing exposure to secondhand smoke.

WHERE:    Le Parker Meridian Hotel
                 118 West 57th Street (between 6th and 7th Avenue)

WHEN:     Tomorrow, Saturday, February 2
                 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

WHO:     The New York City Department of Health


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