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Health Dept., UAPB lead tobacco free campaign

The Minority Initiative Sub-Recipient Grant Office (MISRGO) at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB), in partnership with the Arkansas Department of Health's Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program, will host the 40 Days to Freedom Training Session, Thursday, December 9th from 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in the Hilton AD Suite of the Little Rock Hilton Metro (925 S. University Avenue; Little Rock, AR).

The 40 Days to Freedom is a culturally-tailored and spiritually-inspired tobacco cessation program for the African-American community. The training session will serve as an opportunity for faith-based leaders and representatives to learn how they may each contribute to the anti-tobacco efforts taking place in Arkansas. The session will be lead by Revered Elaine P. Mangrum Walters, a nationally-known preacher, author, speaker and teacher.

The MISRGO at UAPB was established in 2002 as an initiative of the Master Tobacco Settlement Agreement. The Office is responsible for addressing the devastating effects of tobacco consumption within Arkansas' minority communities by preventing the initiation of tobacco use among youth, promoting cessation among youth and adults, eliminating exposure to secondhand smoke, and identifying and eliminating disparities in tobacco use among different population groups.

The Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program (TPCP) at the Arkansas Department of Health has several components aimed at reducing tobacco use by Arkansans. TPCP is charged with developing and implementing a statewide and comprehensive tobacco education, prevention and cessation program.

"MISRGO hosted a successful, special interest meeting and presentation for the 40 Days to Freedom program November 30th," commented Dr. Marian Evans, MISRGO Program Coordinator. "It is MISRGO's vision that the 40 Days to Freedom program will become a model for faith-based institutions to encourage tobacco cessation within Arkansas' minority populations by uniting communities of faith."

Registration for the 40 Days to Freedom training session is FREE. However, interested parties must register by calling 870.575.8923. For more information about the 40 Days to Freedom training session or to learn more about the MISRGO, visit www.misrgo.org.

Source: Minority Initiative Sub-Recipient Grant Office press release