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Underage Drinking / World Cancer Day

Written by Rich Copeland - Producer, WITF's Smart Talk | Feb 1, 2018 8:00 PM

On the Friday February 2nd, 2018 edition of WITF's Smart Talk:

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board is taking proactive measures to help parents educate children about underage drinking.  The program, called 'Know When, Know How' targets youths between 8 and 12 years old and helps parents to address the awkwardness of a conversation about alcohol.  The campaign will include traditional broadcast commercials in addition to a heavy digital presence focusing on facts and statistics and information for parents on how to discuss alcohol with their kids.

Research from the Journal of Adolescent Health shows "one in three kids has tried alcohol by age 8, and at age 12 that number grows to two out of three."  Additional research indicates that people who begin drinking in their early teens will be more susceptible to dependency later in life. 

"Parents can play a critical role in educating their children on how to make decisions that lead to a safe and healthy life from a young age," said Ellen DiDomenico, acting deputy secretary for the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs. "This campaign will empower parents to take an active role in helping their children make informed, safe, and responsible decisions as they grow and move into high school, college, and adulthood."

On Friday's Smart Talk, we'll discuss the scope of underage drinking in the commonwealth and PLCB programs to curb it with DiDomenico and Elizabeth Brassell, director of communications with the Board.

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Ellen DiDomenico, acting deputy secretary for the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs and Elizabeth Brassell, director of communications with the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.

Also, this Sunday is World Cancer Day, as declared by the Union for International Cancer Control.  February 4th has been designated as a day to bring awareness to all forms of cancer afflicting all people on every continent.  8 million people die every year from cancer-related illness, that number is projected to jump to 13 million in twelve years if cancer research and treatment isn't expanded in the coming years.

Smart Talk will talk about World Cancer Day and efforts to spread awareness in the region with Dr. John Heymach of the Department of Thoracic Head and Neck Medical Oncology at the MD Anderson Cancer Center at the University of Texas.


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