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The Tobacco Free Partnership of Clay County Holds the First Meeting of the New Year
September 19 , 2013

Recently The Tobacco Free Partnership of Clay County held it’s first meeting of the 2013-2014 fiscal year. The Partnership will be working on several initiatives to reduce youth access to tobacco products, to reduce illnesses and exposure to secondhand smoke, and to promote tobacco cessation services throughout the county.

“Our goal this year is to be have a bigger presence throughout Clay County and play a more active part in the different communities,” commented Joseph O’Hern, the Tobacco Prevention Specialist for Clay County.  O’Hern also serves as the Tobacco Free Partnership of Clay County facilitator.

“If a business wants to go tobacco free or help its employees with cessation we are the go to group for that as well as much more”, said O’Hern. The Tobacco Free Partnership is fully equipped to assist any business owners that want to help their employees become tobacco free, but who may not know exactly where to start. O’Hern added, “We’ve realized in the past year that businesses are interested in helping their employees but just aren’t sure as to what resources are out there.”

The Partnership is also equipped to help any housing properties that may have a problem with excessive tobacco litter, and are looking for assistance in how to reduce the problem.

Secondhand Smoke

Though the Tobacco Free Partnership is looking to help more businesses this year the Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) program still plays a major part in the Partnerships structure and goals.  SWAT students will be working on the same initiatives as Partnership members, working together to make Clay County a leader in the tobacco prevention movement. 

The Tobacco Free Partnership meets bi-monthly and all meetings are open to the public. For more information you can email Joseph O’Hern at