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Health Department of Northwest Michigan
serving Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, and Otsego Counties
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Tobacco Reduction Coalition looking for new members

The Tobacco Reduction Coalition of Northwest Michigan is looking for new members to assist in two major initiatives: smoke-free restaurants and smoke-free apartments. The coalition consists of representatives from local hospitals, voluntary organizations like the American Cancer Society, and concerned citizens.

"About 24 non-smokers die each year in the four counties the health department serves," said Teresa Loudenslager, who coordinates the Health Department's Tobacco Reduction Coalition. "Exposure to secondhand smoke dramatically increases the risk of heart disease and lung cancer in nonsmokers. Fortunately, this risk can be eliminated by making indoor spaces smoke-free."

The next Tobacco Reduction Coalition meeting will be held at 10:00 AM, Wednesday, July 29, at the Harbor View Café in Charlevoix.

The Health Department of Northwest Michigan is mandated by the Michigan Public Health Code to promote wellness, prevent disease, provide quality healthcare, address health problems of vulnerable populations, and protect the environment for the residents and visitors of Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, and Otsego counties. For additional information about the Tobacco Reduction Coalition, contact Loudenslager at 231-533-1012 or visit