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Area Tobacco Prevention Group to Meet on the Northshore


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Amy B. Ferguson, Keating Magee
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AREA TOBACCO PREVENTION GROUP TO MEET ON THE NORTHSHORE

New Orleans, August 12, 2004—The Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living (TFL) will host its next regional organizing meeting on Wednesday August 18th, 11:30 a.m. 1:30 p.m. at the Community Wellness Center at 1505 North Florida St. in Covington, LA.
TFL, a statewide tobacco prevention initiative that seeks to reduce the harmful effects of tobacco use among Louisianians, encourages all previous participants in the Statewide Summit on Tobacco Prevention and the first organizing meeting, as well as community leaders and concerned members of the public, to attend. The first meeting, held on June 30th in Hammond, attracted representatives from the American Cancer Society, the Office of Addictive Disorders, the American Lung Association, the Tangipahoa Alcohol & Drug Abuse Council, the Office of Public Health, PRIDE, the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center, the St. Helena Parish School Boar, and Louisiana Public Health Institute.
The Northshore region covers the following parishes: St. Helena, Tangipahoa, Livingston, Washington, and St. Tammany. Lunch will be served at the meeting. For more information or to RSVP, those interested should contact Cheryll Sheard, TFLs statewide manager, at 504-301-9817.
The Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living provides statewide coordination of existing tobacco control initiatives, funds innovative community programming for tobacco control, and develops statewide media campaigns to help reduce the excessive burden of tobacco use on the states resources and improve Louisianas overall health and quality of life.

Tobacco Fact: In 2002, each pack of cigarettes sold in Louisiana cost an estimated $7.27 in smoking-attributable direct medical expenses and lost productivity.