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PA Professional Fire Fighters Association is First State Association in Nation to Offer Smoking Cessation Program
Date:6/2/2009

- Protecting the health of fire fighters top priority for PA Professional Fire Fighters Association through cancer legislation & tobacco free efforts -

HARRISBURG, Pa., June 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania Professional Fire Fighters Association (PPFFA) today announced that it will become the first Fire Fighter State Association to offer a comprehensive smoking cessation program in the nation. This program is part of its long standing commitment to protecting the health of fire fighters. This announcement coincides with a critical legislative debate taking place in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives regarding presumptive language to protect fire fighters who have cancer.

"Today is a monumental day for the health of all fire fighters in Pennsylvania," PPFFA President Art Martynuska said. "As we anxiously await successful passage of House Bill 1231 that will help our fellow fire fighters who are battling cancer, today PPFFA also takes an important step forward in proactively protecting the health of fire fighters by becoming the first union in Pennsylvania to attempt to become tobacco free."

Joining the more than 100 PPFFA members at the event, Rep. Kevin Murphy (D-Lackawanna), prime sponsor of HB 1231, Rep. Frank Farry (R-Bucks), Rep. Bryan Barbin (D-Cambria) and Deborah Brown, acting CEO for the American Lung Association of the Mid-Atlantic, lent their support to PPFFA and their health priority efforts.

"I know I join with all Pennsylvanians in thanking the brave men and women of the PPFFA who put their lives on the line for all of us every day," Rep. Murphy said. "But that bravery also comes at a price -- an increased risk of contracting cancer. Successful passage of HB 1231 is one of the best thank you's we can give to fire fighters by ensuring their access to cancer treatment. This, combined with PPFFA's new tobacco free initiative, paves the way for improving the
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