The Santa Rosa County Tobacco-Free Coalition will hold its next meeting on Thursday, June 20, at 4 p.m. at the Florida Department of Health in Santa Rosa County, 5527 Stewart Street in Milton.  This meeting will discuss progress made in policy areas and the 2013-2014 work plan development and submission.

The Santa Rosa County Tobacco-Free Coalition began in September 2008 as a partnership of community members and agencies working together with a mission to reduce the prevalence of tobacco use and provide education on the dangers of tobacco abuse among children and adults in the county.  Members include: Florida Department of Health in Santa Rosa County, Healthy Start of Santa Rosa County; Women, Infant and Children Program (WIC); Center for Total Women’s Health; Community Drug and Alcohol Council; West Florida Area Health Education Center; Covenant Hospice; Safe Haven; Santa Rosa County School District; Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office; Santa Rosa County School Health Program; Santa Rosa Pediatrics; University of West Florida; Students Working against Tobacco (SWAT) and AIDS Healthcare Foundation.  Any interested citizens or community groups are encouraged to attend the meeting and join the coalition.   

The money cigarette companies spent in 2006 on U.S. marketing amounted to approximately: $34 million per day —$42 for every person in the United States, and more than $275 for each U.S. smoker aged 18 years or older.

For more information on the Santa Rosa County Tobacco Free Coalition, please contact Dennis Bratten at 983-5200 ext. 142.