Local Partnership Works Towards a Tobacco Free Leon

By: Florida Department of Health Release
By: Florida Department of Health Release

Tallahassee, FL — June 12, 2012 -

Are you interested in helping continue Leon County’s momentum toward a healthy community where we live, work, attend school and play? Does your interest include working with a dynamic Partnership to create a Tobacco Free Leon County? If yes, then the Tobacco Free Leon Partnership wants you! The Tobacco Free Leon Partnership is seeking dynamic community members, organizations, local businesses, and any other persons or groups to get involved, spread the mission and set the tone for our community’s take on tobacco.

The mission of the Tobacco Free Leon Partnership is to empower youth, from our youngest children to our college student population, as well as adults, to mobilize and coordinate the resources of Leon County to create a tobacco free community through youth prevention, cessation activities, promotion of a tobacco free lifestyle, and reduction of the tobacco industry’s influence.

Thursday, June 14th, the Tobacco Free Leon Partnership will host a community “call to action” session at the Leon County Health Department, located at 1515 Old Bainbridge Road. The Partnership welcomes input from anyone who appreciates a tobacco free lifestyle.

Through collective efforts, education, and continued community-wide empowerment, the Tobacco Free Leon Partnership will work to promote policy to restrict the sale of candy flavored tobacco products, implement comprehensive K-12 tobacco free school policies, help in the creation of tobacco free multi-unit dwellings, and increase the number of employers who offer cessation services to employees.

Current partners, such as Whole Child Leon, FSU College of Medicine’s Area Health Education Center (AHEC), Big Bend AHEC, Working Well, the YMCA, Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) and the Leon County Health Department share the vision for a Tobacco Free Leon as well as resources to support making that vision a reality.

By becoming a partner, you will gain networking opportunities with organizations working towards similar goals in prevention, children and family issues, public health, etc. Partners also benefit through larger presence in the community through coordination of partner events where tobacco prevention and cessation are a component.

Over the years the Leon County community has become aware of the many health effects of using tobacco or simply being around tobacco smoke. Now the Tobacco Free Leon Partnership is calling on the community, and you, to help make Leon County Tobacco Free.

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