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Promoting Tobacco Free Events in Clay County
By Candace Osteen
December 13, 2018

Clay County, Fla. — As local organizations and clubs began to make plans for the new year, The Tobacco Free Partnership hopes that they will consider making their events tobacco free in 2019.

Why should you choose to have a Tobacco Free Event? Having a Tobacco Free Event provides the community with events that offer a safe and healthy environment for all participants.  It provides an event that requires less clean-up of litter and debris from smoking and lowers the risk of fire or other damages caused by cigarettes. Tobacco Free Events can also attract a broader audience and increase overall attendance.  By choosing to make your event Tobacco Free, you are sending the message that the health and safety of your participants is of utmost importance. 

Tobacco Free Events provide endless benefits to community members by allowing them to enjoy an event without the worry of being exposed to secondhand smoke or vapor, by providing an environment that shows youth that tobacco use is not the norm, and by supporting those that have made the difficult decision to quit the use of tobacco.  Tobacco is the number one preventable cause of death and disease and Tobacco Free Events send a very important message that the community’s health and well-being are a priority.  Together, we can reduce the toll of tobacco on our community by creating Tobacco Free Events.

For example, The Clay County Agricultural Fair is the largest Tobacco Free Event in Clay County with more than 100,000 people in attendance.  “The Fair strives to be the showcase for Clay County's agricultural, educational, civic and commercial interest. It provides an opportunity for citizens to work and have fun together. Volunteers are the lifeblood of the fair. Their dedicated support of sharing time and talents is vital to the fair's success.” The Clay County Fair is dedicated to providing a safe and healthy event for all participants, which is why this event is smoke/tobacco free, drug free, and alcohol-free.  The policy established for Clay County Fair is to help protect the community from the deadly effects of secondhand smoke, provide positive role modeling for youth, and support those who have chosen to quit.      

Creating a Tobacco Free policy for your event doesn’t have to be complicated.  The QuitDoc Foundation, along with the Tobacco Free Partnership of Clay County and the Community Health Advocate can help with policy initiation, guidance and additional support needed.  Feel free to reach out with any questions: COsteen@QuitDoc.com