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The Tobacco Free Partnership of Clay County Looks to Build on its Recent Success
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.

Clay Chamber of Commerce Teacher Appreciation Expo.

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. 

With several other community events planned for this month, we hope to continue to bring awareness, support, and encouragement to the residents of Clay County, while also providing a platform for people to feel empowered to take the steps needed to final quit. 

The Tobacco Free Partnership of Clay County wants to continue to mobilize community partners to establish long-lasting system and policy changes that promote tobacco-free social norms in order to prevent usage of tobacco products by youth/young adults, encourage and support tobacco cessation, eliminate the hazards of secondhand smoke, and decrease the number of deaths due to tobacco products. 

The Tobacco Free Partnership of Clay County continues to make strides in building a well-rounded and community focused group of partners and strives to make a positive impact in Clay County. If you would like to become a member of the Tobacco Free Partnership or become more involved in our prevention efforts, please contact Candace Osteen, Community Health Advocate at