On Monday, September 30, the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Office on Smoking and Health, Timothy McAfee, MD, MPH, will visit Saint Louis University to give a lecture on Tobacco Control.
This event will be held at 6:00 p.m. in the Busch Student Center, room 170 and is open to the SLU community. Dr. McAfee will address tobacco prevention and tobacco-related deaths and disabilities.
"Students will have the opportunity to listen to, and converse with a national leader on smoking and health," Edwin Trevathan, MD, MPH, Dean of SLU's College for Public Health & Social Justice said. "This is a remarkable opportunity for our students and we thank Dr. McAfee for his time."
As the director of the CDC's Office on Smoking and Health, Dr. McAfee is responsible for providing leadership and direction for all scientific, policy, and programmatic issues related to tobacco control and prevention.
This lecture is a part of Dr. Trevathan's "Mission and Practice of Global Public Health" course for all students in master's programs in the College for Public Health & Social Justice.
"Tobacco is an important topic for us to cover. We have known for more than 50 years that cigarette smoking, and now other tobacco use, is a major preventable cause of disability and disease. Over the past couple of decades it has been clear that passive smoking is also a health risk, increasing risk of death from cardiovascular disease, stroke, cancer and pulmonary diseases," Trevathan said.
"Tobacco-free environments help people stop tobacco-use. A lack of tobacco-free environments makes it more difficult for people who are addicted to tobacco to stop tobacco use, increasing risks of death and disability in our population. Tobacco-free environments, smoking cessation programs, and other policies that reduce tobacco use (e.g., high cigarette taxes) save lives and reduce healthcare costs."
For Dr. McAfee's full bio, visit the CDC.gov.