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SMH Pulmonologist Appointed to State Tobacco Prevention Council

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dr voelkerKirk Voelker, MD, medical director of Sarasota Memorial’s Clinical Research Center and a local pulmonologist who has been a longtime advocate for smoking prevention programs, has been appointed to the State of Florida’s Tobacco Education and Use Prevention Advisory Council.

While advisory in its capacity, the 23-member Council represents an impressive selection of experts in and advocates for tobacco prevention and control from Florida and the nation. The council oversees the direction and goals of Florida’s anti-tobacco activities. Voelker, whose advocacy stems from years of treating patients with advanced lung disease and lung cancer, was appointed in March by Florida’s Speaker of the House Dean Cannon. His term runs through August 2013.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to have a meaningful impact on such an important area about which I feel so passionate,” Dr. Voelker said.

Florida voters adopted Amendment 4 on Nov. 7, 2006, requiring funding of a Comprehensive Statewide Tobacco Education and Prevention Program. The Amendment resulted in implementing legislation and the creation of several program components, including the Tobacco Education and Use Prevention Advisory Council.

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