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National Tobacco Expert to Speak in Tacoma

November 30, 2011

TACOMA, Wash., November 29, 2011   The Tobacco-Free Alliance of Pierce County, a coalition supported by the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, will host Dr. Jeffrey Wigand at its annual summit on December 2. Wigand, a national expert on tobacco issues and noted whistleblower on the deceptions of the tobacco industry, will provide a keynote address regarding the latest tobacco research, emerging issues, federal regulations and tobacco policies.

“Tobacco remains the number one cause of preventable death in the United States, and the continued harm done to individuals, families and communities by this drug is a true tragedy,” said Dr. Anthony L-T Chen, Director of Health, Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department. “We are thrilled to bring Dr. Wigand’s powerful message to our community as we persevere in our efforts to safeguard the people of Pierce County from the harmful health effects of tobacco.”

“The best cessation treatment is preventing the use of the first tobacco product; this is 100% effective and comes from educating our children on how the industry targets them,” noted Dr. Jeffrey Wigand.  “Enabling knowledge will afford them the rational approach to critical healthy choices.”

The Tobacco-Free Alliance of Pierce County hosts an annual summit event to convene around tobacco issues affecting Pierce County. In addition to Dr. Wigand’s address, the day-long workshop features updates on the state of tobacco use in Pierce County, tobacco prevention programs and planning for the upcoming year. Guests are welcome to attend the entire day’s events, or come just for the keynote address from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

What: Tobacco-Free Alliance of Pierce County Annual Summit, sponsored by the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, Auburn Valley YMCA, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department.

Where: Tacoma Dome Best Western Hotel, 2611 E E Street, Tacoma

When:  Friday, December 2, 2011. The Summit runs from 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Dr. Wigand’s keynote takes place from 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m., and his workshop is 12:45 – 2 p.m.;

For more info: Contact Heidi Henson, (253) 223-7538.

 About the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department

The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department’s mission is to safeguard and enhance the health of the communities of Pierce County.  As part of its mission, the Health Department addresses known and emerging health risks through policy and programs in order to protect public health. Learn more at

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