Martin County’s Tobacco Prevention Program Identifies New Goal Areas
September 8, 2015

As the 2015-2016 fiscal year begins, the tobacco prevention program in Martin County has identified their new goal areas to promote tobacco free social norms in the community.

QuitDoc Foundation was awarded a grant in 2008 by the Bureau of Tobacco Free Florida to provide tobacco prevention programs in Martin County.  For the past 7 years, these programs have included youth prevention, such as the Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) Clubs at each middle school, high school, and the Boys & Girls Clubs in Martin County, tobacco free workplaces, smoke-free multi-unit housing, and measures to counteract marketing of candy flavored tobacco products and retail advertising.  QuitDoc Foundation also facilitates the Tobacco Free Partnership of Martin County, which includes partners and stakeholders in the community.

This year marks the beginning of a new fiscal year and new areas of focus for the tobacco free program.  The program has partnered with Counter Tools, a non-profit provider of proprietary software tools, training, and technical assistance to facilitate policy changes affecting tobacco marketing in the retail environment.  This partnership will allow local tobacco prevention advocates to conduct surveillance of retail stores in Martin County that may be advertising tobacco to youth. 

The Martin County program will also focus on tobacco free worksites, growing on previous successes, such as the tobacco free workplace policy adopted by the City of Stuart.  Assistance will also be provided to housing properties with connected units, such as apartment complexes and retirement homes, in efforts to go tobacco free.

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Another new area of focus this year is smokeless tobacco, including smokeless use at public places, events, and youth sports leagues.  The goal is to reduce youth use of smokeless tobacco throughout Martin County, a leading cause of oral cancers, gum disease, and tooth decay. 

SWAT Clubs continue to thrive in Martin County, with active clubs at each high school, middle school, and at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County.  Club members have already begun the year’s activities, with club recruitment activities held on campus.  The Boys & Girls Clubs youth will be attending a statewide training with the Florida SWAT Program at the end of September to discuss tobacco trends and learn and build on their leadership skills.

For more information on the tobacco free program in Martin County, visit www.TFP-Martin.org or call 561-452-5555.