Tobacco Free Partnership of Martin County appoints 2017-2018 Advisory Council
August 23, 2017

STUART, Fla. — The Tobacco Free Partnership of Martin County, a coalition of community members focused on the prevention of tobacco use, has appointed its 2017-2018 Advisory Council.  Advisory Council members assume a leadership role in regards to tobacco control and advocacy, education, and prevention and policy change in Martin County.

This year’s advisory council members include Emily Eubank and Mairead Brady of Jensen Beach High School, Samantha Suffich of Martin County Healthy Start, Rachel Terlizzi of United Way of Martin County, Dawn Cabrera of Tykes and Teens, Dr. Anita Cocoves of Martin County, Ralph Perrone of American Cancer Society, Ellie Nicholas, CDC Advocate, Kim Pacewicz and Cathy Connelly of Martin Health Systems, Maureen Ryan and Laura McBride of the FL Department of Health - Martin, Jackie Holfelder, freelance writer, Gary Sparks of the Martin County School District, Jolynn Whitten of Sandhill Cove, Jennifer Ahern of Children's Services Council of Martin County and Joan Friedman.

The Tobacco Free Partnership of Martin County is dedicated to the creation of tobacco-free social norms through a combination of community education, youth advocacy and changes in local tobacco policies.  The mission of the Tobacco Free Partnership of Martin County reflects the goals of the CDC Best Practices, especially in regards to changes in local tobacco policies to create and promote tobacco-free social norms.

Some of the past initiatives of the partnership include ordinances to place tobacco products behind the counter and away from youth at retail outlets in Martin County, tobacco free policies for youth sports leagues and workplaces, an e-cigarette ordinance with the City of Stuart and tobacco-free policies at public venues and events, including the Martin County Fair and the Riverwalk Stage in Downtown Stuart.

The Tobacco Free Partnership of Martin County is facilitated by the QuitDoc Foundation.  Learn more at  To learn more about the partnership or to get involved, visit