Tobacco Free Volusia County Partnership
Fact: More than 90 percent of smokers started before their 18th birthday. If a person does not start smoking by age 26, there's little chance they ever will smoke.
No one knows these statistics better than the tobacco industry. In 2016, cigarette and smokeless tobacco companies spent over $26 million dollars each day on marketing to secure the next generation of smokers. The majority of this marketing targeted children at retail outlets, such as convenience stores.
DOH-Volusia's Tobacco Prevention Program has a partnership that focuses on gathering data, building awareness of point-of-sale tactics and policy change.
The Tobacco Free Volusia County Partnership is a county-wide, locally organized group committed to saving lives and improving the overall health and well-being of residents and visitors by reducing and/or eliminating the use of tobacco products. The Partnership is comprised of community members who advocate policy changes and educate decision makers about the impact of tobacco on all of our lives.
The Partnership is organized to advocate on the local, state and national level for:
Prevention of the initiation of tobacco use
Protection from secondhand tobacco smoke
Promotion of tobacco cessation