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Quit Doc Research and Education Foundation Moves Annual Tobacco Summit to Ocala, Florida for 2013

Quit Doc Research and Education Foundation is hosting its 5th Annual Tobacco Summit on Friday, June 28th, 2013 at the College of Central Florida in Ocala.  We are excited to be hosting this annual event in Marion County, as Quit Doc became the new fiscal agent for the Marion County tobacco grant funding through the DOH's Bureau of Tobacco Free Florida as of July 1, 2012. 

Over the past four years, through the formerly titled "Rural Tobacco Summit", we primarily engaged citizens and healthcare providers in rural North Central Florida communities in discussing the financial and physical burdens that tobacco use places on rural citizens from primary use, as well as second and third hand tobacco smoke exposure.  Since the first "Rural Tobacco Summit" held at the Trenton Woman's Club in Gilchrist County in 2009, Quit Doc has grown from its original 4 counties and now manages the tobacco grant funding in 11 counties throughout Florida. 

For 2013, we are partnering with the Marion County Public School District and Ocala Health System to provide free Continuing Education credits for healthcare providers who attend (CMEs available upon pending AMA approval) and are expanding the focus of the presentations beyond the rural setting.  This year's Summit will offer discussions on thought-provoking and emerging tobacco issues such as hookah and electronic cigarettes as well as what "Big Tobacco" is up to lately.  Also, learn about current federal tobacco guidelines and enforcement from local experts.

The 5th Annual Tobacco Summit is scheduled from 8:30am-4:00pm at the College of Central Florida's Klein Conference Center with a continental breakfast and lunch provided.  Registration for the free event is required and you can call Manette Cheshareck, the Marion County Tobacco Prevention Specialist, at 352-682-1915 or send an email to to sign up for Summit updates as the event approaches.