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Tobacco prevention cessation specialist to visit Jan. 25

Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program and Stamp Out Smoking Representative Oluwakemi Talabi will visit Pulaski Tech Monday, Jan. 25 in the RJ Wills Lecture Hall on the main campus at noon.  She will speak on smoking cessation resources available in Arkansas such as the Arkansas Department of Health Tobacco Quitline and online quit programs.

Students, faculty, staff and the public are invited to attend. The event is free.

Oluwakemi Talabi is a recent graduate of Michigan State University who earned her bachelor of arts in communication with a specialization in public relations. She joined the Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program (TPCP) in April, 2008 with a nine-year background in community health and education advocacy.

Talabi has a passion for helping people overcome unhealthy behaviors. After losing 65 pounds, her primary focus was assisting people with achieving their weight loss goals; however, as a result of her aunt's death from lung cancer, her interest in tobacco cessation evolved.

"During my aunt's battle with lung cancer, she continued to smoke cigarettes until she died. That's when I realized the addictive nature of nicotine," said Talabi.

Known to her colleagues as "Kemi," this Michigan-native brings a wealth of knowledge from her previous positions in health communication. As a Stamp Out Smoking campaign representative, Talabi is responsible for providing technical assistance to tobacco control partners and disseminating cessation resources among grantees, tobacco-free coalitions and tobacco-users.

This event is the first of a series of tobacco education presentations and workshops sponsored by the Pulaski Technical College Counseling and Advising Department. The Arkansas Department of Health offers many programs to assist people who want to kick the habit. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to take advantage of these resources.

PTC, other colleges to go smoke-free Aug. 1

Effective Aug. 1, the Arkansas Clean Air on Campus Act of 2009 prohibits smoking on all campuses of state-supported institutions of higher education.

As a state-supported college, Pulaski Technical College is included in the smoking ban. The act defines "campus" to mean all property, including buildings and grounds, which are owned or operated by a state-supported institution of higher education.

A copy of the act in its entirety can be read here.

For more information, contact:
Donna McSpadden, LMSW
Pulaski Technical College
(501) 812-2814

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3000 West Scenic Drive
North Little Rock, AR 72118
Phone: (501) 812-2200

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