PUBLISHED: 3:00 PM on Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Alaska Tobacco Control Alliance Summit 2008 honors Bethel for 10 years of clean air
SITKA - In 1998, the City of Bethel became the first community in Alaska to clear the air. To honor Bethel's commitment to community health, the Alaska Tobacco Control Alliance will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the state's first community clean air act by hosting the second annual ATCA summit meeting on Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 5-6, in Bethel.

The two-day meeting is open to the general public and features a 10-year retrospective on the effects of Bethel's ordinance addressing clean indoor air and worker health. Other presentations include community wellness and tobacco, the Alaska Tobacco Quit Line, best practices for comprehensive tobacco programs, and state and community interventions.

"I am pleased ATCA made the choice to help Bethel celebrate 10 years of going smoke-free in public places," said ATCA Co-Chair Wilbur Brown Jr., Tobacco Policy Coordinator for the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium. "Tobacco remains the leading cause of preventable death. Anything we can do to support our communities in their efforts to battle tobacco addiction and exposure is in the best interests of ATCA and all of Alaska."

"Preventing non-smokers and workers' exposure to secondhand smoke is one of the Alaska Tobacco Control Alliance's top goals," said ATCA Co-Chair Marge Larson, Chief Operating Officer/Alaska Executive Director for the American Lung Association of the Northwest.

For more information on the Alaska Tobacco Control Alliance and to register for the 2008 Summit, contact Brenda Holden of ATCA Administrative Support, Information Insights, in Fairbanks at 450-2452. The ATCA Web site is