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Tobacco Free St. Johns will meet on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 beginning at 3:00 PM at the Alicia Classroom at Flagler Hospital. All meetings are open to the public.
New Electronic Cigarette Laws Effective July 1st
Beginning on July 1st, electronic nicotine delivery devices (commonly referred to as e-cigs or electronic cigarettes) will be illegal for Floridians under 18 to purchase or possess. The new law requires retailers to restrict customer access to the products. Law enforcement officers will issue citations to minors caught with these devices. The citation requires mandatory education classes and either a fine or community service.
St. Johns County SWAT Youth Elected to State Youth Advocacy Board
Congratulations to St. Johns County SWAT member Ben Damus! Ben was elected to serve as a regional representative on the 12-member statewide SWAT Youth Advocacy Board. The Youth Advocacy Board works in collaboration with the Florida Department of Health’s Bureau of Tobacco Free Florida to help plan the direction and goals of the SWAT organization and of the youth prevention component of the state’s tobacco control campaign. Students work with county grantees on a local level to support initiatives that educate others about tobacco use, help protect youth from tobacco, and strengthen local policies, especially those that protect the public from secondhand smoke. "I look forward to serving the SWAT youth of Region 2,” said Ben. “It takes hard work and collaboration to successfully engage teens across the state to remain tobacco-free and stand up against Big Tobacco’s predatory marketing. I am excited to start working on statewide SWAT projects that will contribute to Florida’s amazing legacy of youth-led tobacco control initiatives." Members of the SWAT Youth Advocacy Board will serve a term through June 30, 2015.
The St. Johns County Tobacco - Free Partnership is a community-wide, locally organized group collectively working towards eliminating initiation and use of tobacco among St. Johns County residents, supporting tobacco policy change and educating decision makers about the impact of tobacco on the lives of St Johns County residents and visitors.