For Immediate Release
November 2nd, 2012

501 Palm Avenue
Hialeah, Florida 33010
Phone: 305-883-5800
Fax: 305-883-5932

Media Contacts
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Office: 786-336-1276

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Miami-Dade County Health Department                                             

Miami-Dade County Health Department and City of
Hialeah Host
The Sixth Annual Tobacco Summit

Miami-Dade County (October 2012) – The Miami-Dade County Health Department in collaboration with the City of Hialeah invite the community to attend the Sixth Annual Tobacco Prevention Summit on Friday, November 2, 2012 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Goodlet Park, located at 4200 West 8th Avenue, Hialeah, FL  33013.  

This year the Tobacco Prevention Summit will highlight the candy-flavored tobacco products that have emerged from big tobacco companies. These new, flavored tobacco products are now being used to allure youth into lifelong tobacco addiction. 

  • Flavored tobacco products are as addictive and carry the same health risks as regular tobacco products like lung diseases, cancers, and strokes.(U.S. Food and Drug Administration)
  • Studies of youth expectations around flavored tobacco products like “bidis” and hookahs have found that young smokers reported choosing flavored products over cigarettes because they “taste better” and are perceived to be “safer.” (U.S. Food and Drug Administration)

The keynote speaker for this year’s event is former semi-professional baseball player and national spokesman for the “No Snuff” campaign Richard Bender, who will share his powerful journey as a cancer survivor and his battle to kick the habit of chewing tobacco.  Bender has dedicated his life to educating people about the health risks of tobacco use. 

Tobacco use continues to be the single most preventable cause of death and disease in the United States. Show your support for creating a tobacco-free Miami-Dade and protecting the health and future of our residents.

The Sixth Annual Tobacco Prevention Summit is a free event and open to the public. For more information, please contact the Miami-Dade County Health Department, Office of Community Health & Planning at (305) 278-0442.

Partnering agencies for this event include: the Florida Marlins, Miami Dolphins, Miami Heat, CBS4, United Healthcare, City of Hialeah Police Department and Police Cadets, City of Hialeah Fire Department and Explorers, and other community organizations.   

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