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DOH-Volusia - Tobacco Free Volusia County Partnership to Meet Aug. 27

August 21, 2018

Daytona Beach, Fla. - Tobacco products and advertisements at convenience stores often appeal to young children. Each day, more than 3,200 youth under the age of 18 try a cigarette for the first time, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The Tobacco Free Volusia County Partnership will meet at 3 p.m., Monday, Aug. 27, to discuss development of an action plan that encourages tobacco retailers to change the placement of tobacco products to reduce youth exposure. The meeting will be held at the Department of Health in Volusia County, 1845 Holsonback Drive, room 516C, Daytona Beach. The meeting also will be available by conference call.

According to the CDC, the tobacco industry spends nearly $26 million a day on advertisement and promotion of tobacco products. Point-of-sale marketing through retailers is the industry's dominant marketing channel, according to Tobacco Free Florida. More cigarettes are sold in convenience stores than any other type of store. Two of three teens visit a convenience store at least once a week.

The Partnership is a county-wide, locally organized group committed to saving lives and improving the overall health and wellbeing of residents and visitors by reducing and/or eliminating the use of tobacco products. The Partnership is organized to advocate on the local, state and national level for prevention of the initiation of tobacco use among youth, protection from secondhand smoke, and promotion of tobacco cessation.

The public is encouraged to participate. To access the meeting via conference call (audio only), dial 1-888-670-3525, passcode 917 914 7160.

For more information, please contact Kristen Mialki at 386-274-0601 or

For free help to quit smoking, call 1-877-U-CAN-NOW or visit TobaccoFreeFlorida.com

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Editor's note: Tobacco Free Florida's and DOH-Volusia's assistance with local tobacco free policy efforts are not lobbying but are services to build awareness and support of jurisdictional voluntary initiatives to improve the health of Floridians.