The Tobacco Free Partnership of Polk County (TFP) and the American Lung Association of Central Florida are pleased to announce a resolution was passed by the Board of County Commissioners that encourages retail outlets in Polk County to ban the sale and marketing of flavored tobacco products where youth would have access.
Jordan Bontrager, Students Working Against Tobacco member, led a presentation showing how flavored and alternative tobacco products are marketed to youth. These marketing tactics continue to lead minors down a path that encourages usage and lifelong addiction. The resolution was passed unanimously with a 5-0 vote.
In 2009, the FDA banned the sale of flavored cigarettes, however; smokeless tobacco, cigars, cigarillos and other products are not regulated. Each and every day, our youth are drawn in by the allure of tobacco products and thanks to the addictive nature of nicotine, they likely become daily users. Almost 90% of adult smokers started before the age of 18, according to the American Lung Association.
“The use of tobacco products of any type has a severe negative economic impact on the lives of the citizens of our state and nation. The American Medical Association has documented the health risks related to the use of tobacco products for many years”, said Commissioner Bob English.
The Tobacco-Free Partnership of Polk County and the Board of County Commissioners urges all local retailers who sell tobacco products where youth have access to their store or products to cease the sale and marketing of all flavored tobacco products, in order to reduce the exposure and use of tobacco products to Polk County youth.
About the Tobacco-Free Partnership of Polk County
The Tobacco-Free Partnership of Polk County, Florida is a community based coalition mobilized to impact policy and systems change, prevent initiation and reduce the use of tobacco products.
The Tobacco Free Partnership meets monthly on the last Thursday of the month at United Way in Highland City. For more information or to become a partner on this project, please contact Colleen Mangan, Tobacco Program Coordinator at (863) 519-7900 x 11334 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.