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Published on July 25, 2013

Smoke-free indoor air is center of attention

UHS News Release

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July 25, 2013

Members of the UHS team joined with TeamACT and others for a press event at Number 5 Restaurant on July 24 to mark the 10th anniversary of the New York State Clean Air Act. 

Daniel Young, MD, director of the Family Medicine Residency Program at UHS Hospitals, was the featured speaker from UHS. 

Five local TV stations and The Press & Sun-Bulletin covered the news conference, which underscored the health dangers associated with second-hand smoke and celebrated the positive effects of the "No Smoking" legislation.  State Rep. Donna Lupardo was among those attending the event. 

"Treating tobacco dependence and getting the message out is challenging, but always rewarding whenever we can help tobacco-users quit," said Cathleen Stevens, RN, tobacco nurse specialist with the TeamACT Cessation Center at UHS Stay Healthy.  "We are very excited that we had such a successful event." 

The act is historic legislation that protects workers from second-hand smoke and helps reduce smoking rates.  Speakers challenged the public to take the next step: protecting children by tackling the issue of tobacco marketing in stores.

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