Lung experts strive to prevent kids smoking

Students at Camelot Elementary School to participate in hands-on anti-smoking demonstration

WHAT:
Fourth- and fifth-graders will participate in a hands-on asthma education and tobacco use prevention program created by the American College of CHEST Physicians and its philanthropic arm, The CHEST Foundation. This powerful program was created because 90 percent of people start smoking before age 20, and 60 percent start before the age of 13.

Each day in the United States approximately 3,800 people under age 18 smoke their first cigarette.

WHO:
Jay I. Peters, M.D., chief of the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the Health Science Center, and members of the Department of Respiratory Care will offer interactive lung lessons to fourth- and fifth-graders at Camelot Elementary School.

As part of Asthma Awareness Month, Diane Rhodes, RRT, a certified asthma educator, and DeDe Gardner, M.S., RRT, chair of the Department of Respiratory Care, will be teaching students about asthma awareness. Asthma is the most common treatable childhood disease in the United States.

WHEN:
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
9 to 10 a.m. for fourth-graders
10 to 11 a.m. for fifth-graders

WHERE:
Camelot Elementary School, 7410 Ray Bon (east of I-35, south of Walzem Road, north of Eisenhauer Road)

 

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