August 15, 2019
The Tobacco Free Partnership of Clay County looks to strengthen community outreach and create an environment where tobacco use is not the social norm. With the current e-cigarette epidemic facing our youth, it is imperative that community members educate themselves and take control of their own health. Tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of death and disease so providing an environment where community members feel supported and educated to make the best possible choices for the health, will continue to drive the initiatives of the Tobacco Free Partnership.
Through efforts of the Tobacco Free Partnership, outreach and community engagement have been at the forefront of their goals. Participation in St. Vincent Medical Center’s Big Latch Event, to educate on not only the dangers of tobacco usage for individuals but also the dangers it poses to unborn fetuses and newborns provided a new opportunity to involve different demographics. This was also a wonderful opportunity to discuss the dangers of secondhand smoke. Understanding that there is no risk-free level of secondhand smoke exposure and what this means to the youth, pets, and any others in your home.
Participation in the Clay County Chamber of Commerce Teacher Appreciation Expo allowed the Partnership to inform over 800 educators about prevention efforts in Clay County, while also educating them about emerging tobacco trends. Having the ability to alert Clay County educators and personnel about the negative health effects associated with tobacco use and nicotine addiction will hopefully increase awareness of the why preventing initiation of tobacco use in youth is so important. Read More
Clay Chamber of Commerce Teacher Appreciation Expo.