For Immediate Release
May 24, 2012
Contact: Laurie Thomas, firstname.lastname@example.org, (480) 540-6050
This year, “World No Tobacco Day”, – celebrated May 31 – will be a date of special significance for Arizonans. It helps mark the five-year anniversary of the Smoke-Free Arizona Act, a landmark voter initiative that prohibits smoking in most enclosed public places.
SAVE THE DATE
What: News Conference- Speak to the sponsors of the original Smoke-Free Act bill
Who: TRUST Commission members – Bill Pfeifer, President and CEO of the American Lung Association of the Southwest; Sharlene Bozack, Chief Government Relations Officer, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN); Matt Madonna, TRUST Commissioner; and Harmony Duport, Office of Inspection and Compliance Chief at Arizona of Health Services, discuss the landmark law passed five years ago that prohibited smoking in most enclosed public places in Arizona
When: World No Tobacco Day
Thursday, May 31
11 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Where: Arizona Department of Health Services
150 N. 18th Avenue, Room 345A
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Within the past five years, Arizona has been a national leader in reducing tobacco use. In fact since the Act became effective in 2007, an estimated 230,000 Arizonans have quit using tobacco. We’ve seen almost a 25 percent drop in smoking. Moreover, a 2010 statewide survey showed that more than 80 percent of Arizonans and 70 percent of business owners appreciate smoke-free laws.
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