Welcome to season 2, episode 37 of the Today is the Day Changemakers Podcast.
This week my guest is Irakli Kakauridze, Tobacco Programs Supervisor for Tobacco-Free for a Healthy NJ.
During this episode Irakli shares about his family coming to the U.S. from the country of Georgia. We discuss why he decided to go into public health and advocacy. He is currently enrolled in a Doctorate of Health Sciences program with a concentration in health management and administration.
In his current role he manages youth prevention programs and leads a network of coordinated activities to decrease youth access to tobacco products, reduce exposure to second-hand smoke and to help those who smoke or vape stop.
Tobacco-Free for a Healthy NJ has many important resources and programs that are free to residents of NJ. If you are outside of the state and need support reach out and ask for recommendations. For a complete list of all the programs that are offered go to Home | Tobacco Free NJ.
Here are just a few resources for those who need support:
Text vapefreenj to 88709 for an easy to use and anonymous support system
NJ Quitline is free, confidential, and multilingual: 1-866-NJ-STOPS
Irakli shares a quote he had heard Kobe Bryant say on an interview about not negotiating with yourself when it comes to staying disciplined to reach your goals. This is a very important message and part of the interview!
Listen in to hear the footprint that Irakli is creating now that he wants to leave behind.
Next week my guest is Sally Glick, Principal and Chief Growth Strategist, SobelCo. Sally is a master connector and has been networking since working for her dad in Chicago many years ago. She works with many not-for-profits in her role with SobelCo and is called on to speak at many events. She is all about adding value where she goes shares that the more that you give, the more you get by pure chance. It isn't about coming from ego. It is about coming from a place of kindness.
Being kind to others has a ripple effect and makes you an everyday changemaker.
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