This afternoon we have the honor of having Dr. Michael Feinstein, a program director in south Florida for the American Lung Association, join us for our Town Hall meeting at 3:30 p.m. EDT He will talk about “All About Tobacco: Health Effects of Tobacco Use.”
About 17.5% of Florida adults smoke, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and according to state statistics about 28,600 Florida residents die each year from smoking-related illnesses. In the U.S. over 440,000 people die each year from smoking each year. Of that number, about 50,000 die from secondhand smoke.
Last year the American Lung Association weighed in on electronic cigarettes and inhaling the vaporized compound. Part of the problem is that there is no information regarding the safety of the product. The product may actually be more harmful than smoking, but no one knows because there is no data. Dr. Feinstein suggests “it’s buyer beware,” and until more information comes out it could be a health hazard.
Please join us at 3:30 p.m. for Dr. Mike’s talk. Go to our home page to log into the session. The information is in the center of the page and includes a “click here” link for easy access. See you at 3:30 p.m. EDT. If you miss today’s meeting, it will be recorded. Go to our site, under Town Meeting Recordings on the left-hand side to view Dr. Mike’s meeting as well as other previously recorded meetings.