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City of Carbondale Contributes to 65,000 Deaths

Contact: Citizens for Jessica Davis, 618-319-1462,

CARBONDALE, Illinois, Nov. 28 /Standard Newswire/ -- Secondhand smoke accounts for up to 65,000 premature deaths annually in the United States according to Smokefree Illinois. Eight people die from the effects of secondhand smoke each day in Illinois resulting in more than 3,000 deaths annually. Secondhand smoke is the third leading cause of preventable deaths in the United States.

Citizens for Jessica Davis committee will host a press conference for 2007 Mayoral Candidate, Dr. Jessica Davis, to respond to the City Council's decision not to support Smoke Free Carbondale on Wednesday, November 29, 2007 at the Carbondale Civic Center at 12:30 PM. Reporters, photographers and camera crews are welcome to cover the press conference.

Dr. Jessica Davis states, "The Mayor and City Council's decision on Tuesday, November 21, 2006 to vote down making Carbondale a smoke free zone saddened me. The City dropped the ball on a very important issue. We can no longer allow more than 3,000 deaths each year in Illinois. The City Council has reinforced my decision to run for public office in Carbondale. I am a candidate for all people. The City of Carbondale has a responsibility to protect the health of all its citizens. Today, I join the documented 3200 citizens and 48 organizations in support of protecting and saving the lives of our citizens here in Carbondale. Everyone has the right to breathe clean air."

Dr. Jessica Davis is the Director of Law Student Development at Southern Illinois University School of Law and she also teaches in the College of Liberal Arts. Dr. Davis earned her B.A. from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, PA. She earned her M.Div. from Boston University School of Theology and J.D. from Boston University School of Law. She earned her D.Min. from United Theological Seminary. She is a candidate for the Ph.D. in Educational Administration from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Dr. Davis is the youngest daughter of seven children of Benjamin Davis, Sr. and late Ida Davis.