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ArtsFest goes Tobacco Free!
February 28, 2018

STUART, Fla. — Martin County’s popular ArtsFest weekend-long festival went tobacco free in 2018, increasing enjoyment for children and families in attendance!

Organizers took the pledge to become tobacco-free this year, protecting visitors, particularly children, from the dangers of secondhand smoke.

Signage displayed at Memorial Park throughout the weekend specified traditional cigarettes, as well as chew tobacco and electronic cigarettes.  Tobacco use in public places, like ArtsFest, can aid in increasing youth’s perception of tobacco as a normal substance to use.  This dangerous perception often leads to a minor’s own initiation of tobacco use.  Prohibiting use of cigarettes, chew tobacco, and electronic cigarettes at ArtsFest had a tremendously positive result, with fewer youth exposed to tobacco use and the elimination of secondhand smoke exposure.

Local tobacco-free policies are a big step in reducing the normalization of tobacco use in our community.  As a result, it is more likely that fewer youth will begin using tobacco products.  In addition to decreasing youth exposure, the health benefits of reducing secondhand smoke at the popular and well-attended festival has an immediate and positive impact on the residents of Martin County.

For information on implementing a tobacco-free policy, contact Kim Nash at or by calling 561-452-5555.