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June 12, 2007

Purdue aims to keep women and children tobacco free

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue School of Nursing is partnering with the Tobacco Free Partnership of Tippecanoe County to bring the Keeping Women and Children Tobacco Free conference to campus on Thursday (June 14) in the Purdue Memorial Union South Ballroom.

The 8 a.m.-to-noon conference will educate school nurses, community members, local government officials and child and women's health-care providers about the effects tobacco use and secondhand smoke have on women and children.

"One out of every four Indiana women smoke cigarettes, as do one in five high school girls," said Julie Novak, professor and head of the School of Nursing and associate dean of the College of Pharmacy, Nursing and Health Sciences.

Tristan Emery, coordinator of the Tobacco Free Partnership of Tippecanoe County, said Indiana's smoking rate is the second highest in the country.

"Tobacco use is killing our mothers, daughters, nieces and nephews, but it is 100 percent preventable," she said. "With Indiana's high smoking rate, that prevention needs to start now, and that will be the focus of this conference."

Speakers include:

* Judith Monroe, state health commissioner for the Indiana State Department of Health.

* Stephen Jay, a professor of medicine and pubic health at Indiana University School of Medicine.

* Julie Novak, professor and head of Purdue's School of Nursing.

* Tristan Emery, coordinator of the Tobacco Free Partnership of Tippecanoe County.

The conference also will include a brainstorming session about programs and activities needed locally to help decrease the number of women in Indiana who smoke and the number of children exposed to harmful secondhand smoke.

For additional information and to register, call the Tobacco Free Partnership of Tippecanoe County at (765) 494-4012.

Writer:      Elizabeth Gardner, (765) 494-2081, ekgardner@purdue.edu

Source:     Julie Novak, (765) 494-6644, novakj@purdue.edu

Tristan Emery, (765) 494-4012, temery@purdue.edu

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096; purduenews@purdue.edu

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