Smoking and Asthma
Join us for CAC's Fall 2023 Lunch & Learn series! These days, schedules seem to be more packed than ever; but learning more about asthma management doesn't have to take hours. On the Third Wednesday of each month at noon, we'll be hosting a 30-minute, informal Zoom group with an expert in the field of asthma to educate and answer questions around asthma and issues that can affect those living with it. Lunch and Learn is free and open to all, and designed to be valuable for everyone, from experienced healthcare workers to community members looking to improve their ability to care for themselves and their loved ones.
October's Lunch and Learn topic is Smoking and Asthma! Our speaker is Rebecca Padilla, BA, CTTS. Her presentation will delve into the often-underestimated risks posed by secondhand and thirdhand smoke to individuals living with asthma and aims to raise awareness about the detrimental effects of these forms of smoke exposure, even when the source of smoke is no longer present. Participants will gain valuable insights into the mechanisms through which second and thirdhand smoke can trigger asthma symptoms, exacerbate attacks, and contribute to long-term health complications. You will learn practical strategies for creating smoke-free environments, both indoors and outdoors, and learn to better protect lung health- not just for young children and vulnerable populations, but for everyone… Because when you can’t breathe, nothing else matters.
This event is FREE to attend for all, but registration is required to receive the Zoom link.
Rebecca Padilla, BA, CTTS
Rebecca Padilla serves as the National Senior Manager for Tobacco Programs and tobacco cessation content expert for the American Lung Association. Rebecca manages a national project that offers expert technical assistance to State, Territorial and Local Tobacco Control Programs, health systems and community partners to further health systems change efforts that integrate evidence-based tobacco use dependency treatment in clinical and community health settings, as part of a multi-year cooperative agreement with the CDC. Rebecca is an active member of professional associations like the Association for the Treatment of Tobacco Use and Dependence (ATTUD) and The Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP). As a state and national member of the American Evaluation Association, she's learning more about the future of health initiatives through enhancing evaluation process and engaging those who are most impacted in this work. Rebecca doesn't just talk the talk; she walks it too. A certified tobacco treatment specialist, she's your go-to source for expert insights on tobacco cessation strategies. Her influence extends beyond the Lung Association, as she's been a sought-after content expert for organizations across the nation. And she truly understands the importance of this work – Rebecca has lived with severe asthma and has lost family members to commercial tobacco use, and it’s truly her life’s mission to inspire change, fuel progress, and champion healthier tomorrows, one breath at a time!
Fresh from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Rebecca now brings her boundless enthusiasm to the Chicagoland area. When she's not revolutionizing systems change initiatives, you'll find her exploring the city with her daughter and three spirited German Shepherds.