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First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross

1/30/19: Vaping; Groundwork Jacksonville; Space Tragedies


Florida is getting failing grades on its efforts to reduce teen smoking and vaping, according to a new report

Ashley Lyerly, Director of Advocacy in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi for the American Lung Association; Kristal Fuentes, Health Promotions Specialist for the American Lung Association; and Ann Gipalo, Vice-Chair of Tobacco Free Jacksonville and Health and Safety Chair, Duval County Council PTA, joined us to discuss the report in more detail.

Related: Survey Finds Higher Risk of Stroke Among E-Cigarette Users

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McCoys Creek is pictured from the St. Johns River as it flows under a surface parking lot at The Florida Times-Union.

Groundwork Jacksonville

Groundwork Jacksonville has been awarded a $250,000 grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and NOAA for its McCoys Creek restoration plan.

It will help return the creek to a natural channel design, prevent flooding, improve the waterway's health and water quality, create habitat for wildlife and identify locations for recreational amenities for the community. Kay Ehas, CEO of Groundwork Jacksonville, joined us with more details.

NASA Tragedies

The anniversaries of three American space tragedies - Apollo 1, Challenger, and Columbia- are all being marked this week. Thomas Webber, Science Writer and AP Physics Instructor/Science Department Head at Oakleaf High School in the Clay County School District, discussed these events, and how’s he’s teaching his students about them.

Heather Schatz can be reached at, 904-358-6334 or on Twitter at @heatherschatz.

First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross
Heather is the senior producer of WJCT 89.9 FM talk shows including First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross, the Florida Roundup and What's Health Got to Do with It?