Healthy Lungs Healthy Lifestyle Expo Set to Celebrate Soon-to-Be Smoke-Free Birmingham

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The Jefferson County Health Action Partnership and various local health advocacy groups will host an event on May 30 from 4-8 p.m. at Railroad Park to promote healthy living and to celebrate the recent passage of Birmingham's new smoke-free ordinance.

Thousands of people who live, work, learn, pray and play in Birmingham will soon be protected from harmful secondhand smoke.

Starting June 4, restaurants, bars, clubs and most indoor workplaces in the city of Birmingham, the largest city in the state of Alabama, will be smoke free. To commemorate this milestone the Jefferson County Health Action Partnership will host the Healthy Lungs Healthy Lifestyle Expo, a free event Wednesday, May 30 from 4–8 p.m. at Railroad Park.

The partnership will recognize Birmingham City Council's commitment to the health of the city’s workers, residents and visitors at 4:30 p.m. Thousands of people who live, work, learn, pray and play in Birmingham will soon be protected from harmful secondhand smoke — environmental tobacco smoke that contains more than 7,000 chemicals, more than 200 of which are poisonous and 69 are known carcinogens — thanks to the comprehensive smoke-free ordinance that was passed by the council unanimously Tuesday, April 17.

Additionally, Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights will present the Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Alabama with an award honoring the implementation of smoke-free policies across state of Alabama, including the cities of Fultondale and Midfield in Jefferson County.

Numerous partner organizations and vendors — including Alabama Partners for Clean Air, American Cancer Society-Cancer Action Network, American Heart Association, American Lung Association, Childcare Resources and Media for Health, among others — will be available to answer questions about smoke-free Birmingham and to offer advice on how to live a healthier life. Complimentary nutritious snacks will be available at the Expo, which will conclude with a yoga class, free of charge, from 7–8 p.m. with instructor Suzanne Sizemore.

The public is invited to help user in a new age in the Magic City — a healthy future free from secondhand smoke for nearly all workers, residents and visitors. For more information about the event and the cause, visit http://www.smokefreealabama.com.

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The Jefferson County Health Action Partnership is a coalition of more than 100 nonprofit organizations working alongside the Jefferson County Department of Health to advance smoke-free policies, reduce tobacco use, encourage physical activity, reduce obesity, expand food access, and improve the overall health of Jefferson County residents.

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