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In this issue of Healthy Living by Tobacco Free Allegheny:

The LGBT community is one of the most in-need groups when it comes to reducing the impact of tobacco. On June 8th and 9th, Tobacco Free Allegheny, joined by service providers and volunteers, participated in the Delta Foundation's 2019 Pittsburgh PrideFest. This year's event was not only the largest Pride event in the commonwealth, but marked the greatest attendance in Pittsburgh Pride history!

TFA was also proud to announce a new partnership with SisTers PGH this year. SisTers hosts the city's 'People's Pride' - a two-day, multi-venue festival celebrating Pittsburgh’s local LGBTQIA+ communities of color. For the first time in its history, this year’s People’s Pride was a smoke-free event! This event represents the first, and only, smoke-free Pride celebration in Pittsburgh.
Friday, May 31st was World No Tobacco Day. On this day, the World Health Organization (WHO) and global partners held events to raise awareness about the harmful effects of tobacco use and second-hand smoke exposure, and to discourage the use of tobacco in any form.

Tobacco Free Allegheny joined Mercy Behavioral Heath for a presentation and walk to help stomp out tobacco! Drawings from TRU Youth were also on display to encourage and inspire participants.
This continued initiative from Tobacco Free Allegheny focuses on increasing cessation among pregnant women, women with children, and women of childbearing age. 

As of May, TFA has successfully distributed over 600 free cessation packets to community organizations, doctor's offices, and health care facilities. Many new partnerships were formed, and we look forward to the program's continued success!

For more information about this initiative, please contact Natasha.

On May 7th, representatives from Tobacco Free Allegheny participated in Day at the Capitol in Harrisburg. Organized by the Pennsylvania Alliance to Control Tobacco (PACT), this one-day event, encourages individuals to come together and meet with legislators to provide education on important tobacco control issues throughout the Commonwealth. This year marked a record attendance, with over 700 youth and adult advocates conducting more than 185 legislative visits!
 

Let's keep this momentum going!

Upon clicking on this action alert, you will be directed to complete a form with basic information and in turn, a pre-approved letter will be sent to your Representative. This action alert will take less than a minute of your time to complete, but will make a big difference in the future allocation of MSA dollars.
The use of e-cigarettes among adolescents is growing dramatically. Here are a few things that Tobacco Free Allegheny is doing to combat this epidemic (and some actions that you can take as well):
Expert Education
Kar-Hai Chu, PhD and David T. Suda, M.Ed, LPC joined us for a series of free community education events titled 'Juul in School'. These events gave parents and community members the opportunity to learn about different vaping devices, how they work, the health consequences of using e-cigarettes, and how to talk to youth about these products.

E-Cigarette Toolkit
Our free toolkit can help you to implement educational programming regarding e-cigarettes for faculty, students, and staff. Available resources include a PowerPoint presentation to educate staff, a presentation that can be used in the classroom, talking points, fact sheets, and more! Click here to view.

TheVapeTalk.org
The American Lung Association's new resource, TheVapeTalk.org, provides materials for parents and guardians to be able to understand the epidemic that is impacting so many youth and start the conversation about the dangers of vaping with teens.
Registration is now full for the 2019 PA LGBTQA Health Conference. If you have not yet registered, but would like to attend, please click here to be added to our waitlist. We will release tickets as they become available.
Jun 18-19 — PA LGBTQA Health Conference — For more information, please click here.
Jun 27 — #Wellness 
An event providing youth and young adults with resources to enhance their growth, development, health and wellness. More information available here.

Jul 4 — Independence Day — Encourage people to break free from nicotine addiction by calling the PA Free Quitline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW.
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