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Marion County Commissioners Pass a Resolution Asking Retailers to Stop the Sale of Flavored Tobacco Products That Target Youth
April 16, 2013

On Tuesday, April 16th the Marion County Board of County Commissioners unanimously voted to pass Resolution 13-R-106 titled “URGING TOBACCO RETAILERS TO STOP THE SALE AND MARKETING OF FLAVORED TOBACCO PRODUCTS IN MARION COUNTY, FL”.

This resolution, emphasizing the importance of keeping flavored tobacco products and marketing away from youth, was the culmination of much hard work done by members of the Tobacco Free Partnership of Marion County over the past months.  As a result of the vote, Marion County joined a statewide movement in which counties and municipalities have asked retailers to voluntarily stop the sale of flavored tobacco products marketed to underage youth.

Marion County Commission Passes Resolution on Flavored Tobacco

 

The Tobacco Free Partnership of Marion County (TFP) is comprised of many different organizations that have an interest in tobacco education and prevention and youth issues, and are actively involved in community initiatives.  In these ways and others, the TFP has a significant outreach throughout Marion County. 

During the monthly TFP meetings, the members present have received information and training on retail tobacco advertising issues as well as electronic cigarettes and candy flavored tobacco products. 

Additionally, our Marion County Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) Chapter has participated in national observances such as Kick Butts Day, Through With Chew Week and the Great American Smoke Out.  Through these observances as well as regular meetings and activities at each of the schools that host SWAT Clubs, they have educated their peers, school staff and the community on important tobacco issues.  

Recently, SWAT youth from 6 different counties filmed a video at the TFP office in Ocala.  The film, entitled “Who’s the Target?”,  gives the viewer a clear answer to the question of who the target is regarding flavored tobacco products, packaging and advertising.  The video can be viewed at the following You Tube link:  http://youtu.be/g_14ZPn9M8s

For more information about tobacco issues browse the links on this website, or go to www.tobaccofreeflorida.com and www.qdref.org .