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

The Miami-Dade County Health Department in collaboration with the City of Hialeah Department of Parks and Recreation's Early Prevention and Intervention Youth Program (E.P.I), and the City of Hialeah's Mayor Julio Robaina invite the community to attend the Fourth Annual Youth Tobacco Prevention Summit on Friday, November 5, 2010 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Goodlet Park, located at 4200 West 8th Avenue, Hialeah, FL  33013.

This year the Youth 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). Hookah, which is smoked for about 45 minutes, delivers 36 times more tar than a cigarette, 15 times more carbon monoxide and 70 percent more nicotine. (Thomas Eissenberg, a psychology professor at Virginia Commonwealth University and co-author of a hookah study). Smoking a hookah pipe for 60 to 80 minutes is the equivalent of smoking 100 cigarettes. (World Health Organization)

Tobacco use continues to be the single most preventable cause of death and disease in the United States. In most cases, the decision to smoke or use tobacco products is not made by adults, but impressionable adolescents between the ages of 13 and 18 years of age. Don't let our children become a statistic.  Show your support for creating a tobacco-free Miami-Dade and protecting the health and future of our youth.

The Fourth Annual Youth 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, Hialeah Hospital, City of Hialeah Police Department and Police Cadets, City of Hialeah Fire Department and Explorers, the American Cancer Society and other community organizations.