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Smoke-free zones are increasing; PA Lt. Gov. on flooding a year later

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Sep 10, 2012 3:23 PM

One year ago this week, Tropical Storm Lee pelted Pennsylvania with between seven and 15 inches of rain. The flooding that resulted damaged thousands of homes and other structures, including hundreds that were destroyed completely. Almost 560 state roads and 145 bridges were closed. At least 13 Pennsylvanians lost their lives. The storm knocked out power to 1.3 million people.flooding.jpg

A year later, life is still not back to normal for many who were victimized by Lee.

Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor James Cawley will appear on Tuesday’s Radio Smart Talk to describe the state’s efforts to recover from the storm and flooding.


Also, dozens of Pennsylvania parks and recreational areas are being declared smoke-free zones. As part of the “Young Lungs at Play” program, smokers are being asked to refrain from lighting up cigarettes. The tobacco bans are designed to keep children away from second-hand smoke and to set a good example for them as well.

Joining us on the program will be Mary Levasseur, Lancaster General Health's Manager for Community Health & Wellness and Judy Ochs, Director of the Division of Tobacco Prevention and Control for the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

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  • claudzilla5 img 2012-09-11 10:52

    I heard part of the program this morning, including the mention of the changes in our culture regarding smoking. Scott mentioned hearing small children confronting smokers, for example. Just now I passed two young men, walking with swagger, accompanied by a little boy =of maybe 5. An older man asked the two if he could bum a cigarette. One young man replied, firmly, "nah, don't smoke with this!" as he gestured to, presumably, his son. The older man asked if he'd quit, to which he answered, "tryin' to, man, tryin' to."
    I was thrilled to hear this response from a young man who one might assume, based on his age, would have a devil-may-care attitude about his behavior. Even he, at the age when many young people think themselves invincible, reailzes that the health of his child is paramount. I thought this tied in with the discussion on the show this morning, and wanted to share it.