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County Commissioners Declare May 31, 2012 as
"No Tobacco Day" in Martin County, Florida

May 22, 2012

On May 22, 2012, the Board of County Commissioners issued a Proclamation declaring May 31 as "No Tobacco Day" in Martin County, Florida. The date coincides with the World Health Organization's celebration or "World No Tobacco Day".

In issuing the Proclamation, the Martin County Commissioners acknowledged that tobacco is the second major cause of death in the world and is currently responsible for about Six Million deaths every year, including 440,000 Americans and 32,000 Floridians annually. The proclamation also recognized the work of the Tobacco Free Partnership of Martin County and local Students Working Against Tobacco in reducing youth tobacco use in Martin County

Dr. Barry Hummel, representing the Tobacco Free Partnership of Martin County, and Megan Koenig, representing Students Working Against Tobacco, accepted to proclamation.

Dr. Hummel thanked the Board of County Commissioners for taking the time to recognize the efforts of the Tobacco Free Partnership.

Ms. Koenig, a Junior at Martin County High School, thanked the County Commissioners for adopting a number of new policies affecting the use and marketing of tobacco products in Martin County. "As you probably know, telling a teenager 'no' doesn't really get you anywhere", said Ms. Koenig. "So, that is why we come to you... to get somewhere, and make an impact."

"The policies that have been adopted in the last year or so that I have been involved with Quit Doc have each been a stepping stone to making a great impact," added Ms. Koenig. "That's what we want. Collectively, we want every single one of my classmates to build a drug-free life for themselves."

Dr. Hummel concluded by inviting the Commissioners and the citizens of Martin County to attend the Annual Tobacco Free Partnership Luncheon and Awards Ceremony on May 30, 2012.

You can watch the entire Proclamation here: