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Lawtey City Council Passes Resolution Encouraging Restrictions on the Sale of Flavored Tobacco Products

On June 2, 2014 Lawtey City Council voted unanimously to adopt a resolution asking retailers to halt the sale of flavored tobacco products targeting children and teenagers.

The resolution is symbolic gesture to help educate and call attention to the issue, hopefully prompting stronger action at the state and national level.

As part of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, the United States Congress banned flavored cigarettes.  The law also granted the Food and Drug Administration authority to regulate other tobacco products, and granted states and local governments the right to regulate the time, place, and manner of all tobacco products.

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In Florida, numerous Municipalities and Counties across the State have adopted Flavored Tobacco Resolutions urging Tobacco Retailers to stop the sale and marketing of Flavored Tobacco Products in their areas. 

During the City Council Meeting, The City of Lawtey Commissioners and Mayor were very interested and asked several questions regarding Flavored Tobacco Products. Tobacco-Free Partnership members were able to share information results from the 2012 Florida Youth Tobacco Survey that shows 13.4% of Bradford County youth, ages 11-17, currently use flavored tobacco products nearly twice as much as the statewide rate of 6.9%.

The Tobacco-Free Partnership of Bradford County encourages all municipalities in Bradford County to adopt similar resolutions to protect the health and well-being of our youth and citizens. Currently the City of Starke, City of Lawtey and Bradford County Commissions have adopted these resolutions.

Thank you to the Lawtey City Commission for their decision to defend and guard our youth from being marketed to with Flavored Tobacco Products. 

For more information on establishing youth tobacco prevention in Bradford County, contact Jenna Hewett at jhewett@quitdoc.com.