Greece Resident Aims to Raise Awareness about the Dangers of Secondhand Smoke
Bouncing for Clean Air Day of Fun Fundraiser to be held at Ellison Park to Benefit the American Lung Association
(April 28, 2016) -
ROCHESTER, NY – When Jamar Jordan, of Greece became a father to his son Luciano, his life changed. Fatherhood also heightened his awareness to exposures that can be dangerous to Luciano, like secondhand smoke. Now, Mr. Jordan, is working to raise awareness that secondhand smoke is dangerous to not only his child, but others as well. On Saturday, May 7, Jordan will host “Bouncing for Clean Air,” a family fundraiser at Ellison Park from 12 to 6 p.m. The proceeds will be donated to the American Lung Association and Golisano Children’s Hospital.
Secondhand smoke causes more than 41,000 deaths per year. It can cause or make worse a wide range of damaging health effects in children and adults including lung cancer, respiratory infections and asthma. Over the last 50 years over two million people have died from exposure to second hand smoke, according to a report released by the U.S. Surgeon General.
“Having a child made me even more aware of these startling statistics,” Jordan said. “My son’s grandparents smoke and I am constantly reminding them not to smoke around him. I want the community to be more aware of their actions when they smoke around children. I take my son to the park and people are smoking there all the time.” As part of his campaign to raise awareness, Jordan also started a baby clothing line called “Pure Lungs Clothing,” which features bibs sporting the phrase, “Smoke Free Baby.”
“The Lung Association is proud to have Jamar help us to spread awareness about the dangers of secondhand smoke,” said Jeff Seyler, President & CEO of the American Lung Association of the Northeast. “There is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke; even short-term exposure can increase health risks.”
Bouncing for Clean Air will feature bounce houses, food trucks, face painting, raffles and a staff member from the American Lung Association who will be there with information about the health risks associated with secondhand smoke. Admission to the event is free, and funds raised by the food trucks, face painting and raffles will be donated. To find out more about the event please visit Jordan’s Facebook page http:// facebook.com/purelungsclothing.