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Tobacco Free Partnership of Gilchrist County
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Gilchrist County Tobacco Prevention Newsletter

Volume 7, Issue 2 / April - June, 2013
Gilchrist County 4-H Students Working Against Tobacco Share Their Experiences with Legislators in Washington DC 
June 8 , 2013

     On the week of June 8th, three Gilchrist county SWAT members attended a 4-H event in Washington D.C. called Citizenship Washington Focus. Chandler Ash, Tucker McDaniel, and Josh Akin joined the other two Florida delegates and traveled to the nation’s capital. The week-long event focuses on improving participants’ citizenship and leadership skills.
     At the event, each youth signed up for a committee that organized activities that were done throughout the week. The Gilchrist SWAT youth varied from being on a talent show committee, to a town hall meeting committee, to a mock legislature committee. While helping on these committees, all three SWAT youth from Gilchrist County learned valuable skills that can be used back home. Additionally, the youth worked on an action plan to bring back to their counties to promote tobacco prevention programs among 4-H youth.
     During the event, the youth had the amazing opportunity to speak with their U.S. Representative, Dr. Ted Yoho, who stepped out of a committee meeting to speak with them.
     The Florida delegation also had the incredible chance to meet face-to-face with Senator Bill Nelson. They spoke with Senator Nelson about their own 4-H projects and a few issues that are important in their communities such as candy flavored tobacco marketing which targets youth. 

SWAT Student from Gilchrist County Contribute to
"Who is the Target", a Short Film on Youth Tobacco Marketing

April 24, 2014

     Students from six counties in North Central Florida joined forces to write and produce "Who is the Target", a short film that focuses on the use of flavored products as a youth marketing strategy by tobacco companies.
     Fourteen Students from Alachua, Clay, Dixie, Gilchrist, Levy, and Marion Counties were asked to contribute facts and information on the issue of flavored tobacco products that are not currently regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. The students then recorded the information at a make-shift studio.
     "It's good to hear this message coming from kids because we know what's going on with the tobacco companies advertising to us, and we can inform decision makers," said Gilchrist County SWAT student Chandler Ash, who participated in the project.
Click here to watch "Who is the Target?"
Holy E-Smokes! Some Businesses Allow Vaping Cigarettes in Workplace
By Tracy X. Miguel
     NAPLES â€” Where there’s smoking, there’s not always firing in the workplace.
     That’s because employees aren’t actually smoking on the job in some cases — they’re vaping.
     With the growing trend of electronic cigarettes, a few Southwest Florida businesses are allowing vaping in the workplace. Safety Harbour Insurance Inc., which serves Lee and Collier counties, allows its employees to e-puff away at work.
     â€œWe absolutely love it,” said manager Candace Nichols, who has been using e-cigarettes for nearly a year after smoking tobacco cigarettes for 13 years. “It cuts back on the extra break time, so we are able to be more productive within the business.”
President Obama's Cigarette Tax Up in Smoke
By Reid J. Epstein
     Remember the cigarette tax hike President Barack Obama proposed in his big budget rollout?
     The White House barely does.
     Presidential budgets are all about theater. But this year’s was more theatrical than most: Its biggest single new proposal — the sin tax to generate $78 billion to fund a preschool education program — vanished almost as soon as Obama announced it four weeks ago Wednesday.
     The president hasn’t mentioned it. The White House didn’t coordinate with outside anti-smoking groups. Tobacco companies never worried about putting together a lobbying strategy to kill it.
Wakulla County Continues Fight Against Flavored Tobacco
By Garin Flowers
    Wakulla County Commissioners voted unanimously Monday in favor of an ordinance making it harder for kids to purchase flavored tobacco.
     It means stores in that area must now put tobacco in places not easily seen by children or teens.
     The ordinance passed was a response to one commissioners had to rescind that passed previously.
     They feared the previous ordinance, which banned stores from selling tobacco products unless they were a 21-and-up establishment, would cause lawsuits against the county.

How The Tobacco Industry May Have Evaded FDA Ban On 'Light' Cigarette Descriptors
     New research from Harvard School of Public Health (HPSH) shows that one year after the federal government passed a law banning word descriptors such as "light," "mild," and "low" on cigarette packages, smokers can still easily identify their brands because of color-coding that tobacco companies added to "light" packs after the ban. These findings suggest that the companies have, in effect, been able to evade the ban on misleading wording - thus still conveying the false and deceptive message that lights are safer than "regular" cigarettes.
     In addition, the companies failed to apply for applications to have these products approved as "new products" as called for by the law.
City Plan Sets 21 as Legal Age to Buy Tobacco
By Anemona Hartocollis
     NEW YORK - The age to legally buy cigarettes in New York City would rise to 21 from 18 under a proposal that officials unveiled on Monday, a measure that would give New York the strictest limits of any major American city.
     The proposal would make the age for buying cigarettes and other tobacco products the same as for purchasing liquor, but it would not prohibit people under 21 from possessing or even smoking cigarettes.
     It is the latest effort in a persistent campaign to curb smoking that began soon after Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg took office, with bans on smoking in restaurants and bars that expanded more recently to parks, beaches, plazas and other public places.
Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to Tobacco Warnings
By Sam Baker 

      The Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up tobacco companies' lawsuit against new rules requiring them to display large, graphic warnings on cigarette packages.
     The court declined to hear a case challenging the graphic warnings — along with other sections of a landmark 2009 tobacco law.
     The Supreme Court's refusal to hear the case leaves in place a lower court's decision upholding most of the tobacco law, including its requirement for graphic warning images on cigarette packs.
     The 2009 law requires tobacco companies to cover half of their packaging with a graphic warning about the risks of smoking.
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