Tobacco kills approximately 435,000 people in the United States every year – more than anything else and these deaths are PREVENTABLE.
I spent the past week in Kansas City, Missouri attending the National Conference on Tobacco or Health presenting, ” Using Social Media to Connect as a Health Educator ” – which I will post more about tomorrow.

First, some kudos to the residents of Kansas City. They may be some of the nicest people I have ever met. Friendly, helpful and interesting. I tried and appreciated their famous BBQ, and loved it! I stayed in the Westin, across the street from Union Station, which also houses Science City and currently had an exhibit on the Titanic. The other side of the street was a wonderful WW1 memorial. I had a quick tour of the Hallmark factory – which was behind the hotel. If you are ever in Kansas City, this was a great place to stay. I was 2 miles from the Convention Center, but it made for a very nice daily walk.

Most of my time was spent in the Convention Center, listening to experts in the field of tobacco control at local, state, national and international levels. It was very engaging, both in person, and on Twitter (#2012NCTOH). Huge kudos to NCTOH for including a mobile applicaiton this year. I felt like the lone tweeter in 2009 in Arizona, and wondered if I made up the hashtag in ’09. But I had fabulous interactions this year and appreciated easily accessible information to work through my scheudle of events. Now, if I can only clone myself, so I can be in two lectures at once…

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