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PRCHN Marks World No Tobacco Day
The PRCHN joined partners from across the city and around the globe to mark World No Tobacco Day on May 31. The World Health Organization (WHO) and global partners celebrate World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) on this date each year to raise awareness on the harmful and deadly effects of tobacco use and second-hand smoke exposure, and to discourage the use of tobacco in any form. 
Locally, the PRCHN is working with a number of partners, among them the Cleveland Department of Public Health (Healthy Cleveland), Cleveland Clinic Foundation; Taussig Cancer Institute, American Heart Association, Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, University Hospitals, Preventing Tobacco Addiction Foundation/Tobacco-21, Case Western Reserve University Comprehensive Cancer Center, A Vision of Change, MetroHealth, Food Depot to Health, American Cancer Society, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, and the American Lung Association.
Associate Director Erika Trapl, PhD, provided testimony to Cleveland City Council that was instrumental in making Cleveland the first community in Cuyahoga County to enact Tobacco 21, which prohibits the sale of tobacco products to anyone under the age of 21. Since the legislation passed in April 2016, Euclid, Cleveland Heights, Lakewood, University Heights, and Brooklyn have all followed Cleveland’s example by passing Tobacco 21 laws of their own and helping to ensure the lung health of current and future generations.
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