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QuitDoc Foundation to Study Youth Tobacco Intervention Program in Bradford County
CVS Health Lends its Support to the Project to Help Reduce Youth Tobacco Use in Florida
November 10, 2015

STARKE, FL, November 10, 2015: The QuitDoc Foundation is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Bradford County Sheriff’s Office. As part of a commitment to help people lead tobacco free lives, CVS Health has generously awarded the QuitDoc Foundation a one-year Community Grant to implement and evaluate a pilot youth tobacco intervention program. The program is intended to serve youth who have received citations by law enforcement in Bradford County for tobacco use or possession.

“I’m excited about the opportunity to collaborate with the QuitDoc Foundation and CVS Health to bring this innovative program to Bradford County,” said Sheriff Gordon Smith. “Our goal is to help reduce tobacco use among minors, utilizing this educational intervention program.”

“As a pharmacy innovation company, we are committed to helping people on their path to better health which includes supporting smoking cessation programs,” said Eileen Howard Boone, Senior Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility and Philanthropy, CVS Health. “We are pleased to support the work that QuitDoc Foundation does in the community and we look forward to working with them to fulfill their program’s mission and help make the next generation tobacco-free.”

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The program is called the Tobacco Intervention Program for Students, or TIPS. The TIPS modules are unique in that they use a combined education and intervention approach to reach youth participants. The QuitDoc Foundation is excited to pilot this program in Bradford County, with the hope that this project can serve as a model for the state of Florida to implement in the future.

Bradford County law enforcement agencies are writing citations for youth who are using or possessing tobacco products, nicotine products, or nicotine dispensing devices (e-cigarettes, vape pens), or youth who are misrepresenting their age or military status for the purpose of purchasing such products.  These citations are in accordance with Florida Statute 877.122, which encourages completion of the TIPS curriculum, in addition to a $25 fine or 16 hours of community service.

The TIPS modules will serve two important purposes. First, there is currently a gap in the State of Florida for a standardized school-approved anti-tobacco program in accordance with Florida Statute 877.122. This program is intended to fill that gap by providing education and prevention materials to minors in Bradford County who are cited for tobacco use either at school or in the community.

The second purpose of this program is to reduce the number of students who use tobacco over time. “There are two reasons that we are likely to see a drop in tobacco use among youth as a result of this program,” said Dr. Barry Hummel, a pediatrician who serves as the CEO for QuitDoc Foundation. “Our hope is that the education and prevention materials will motivate a number of youth to quit using tobacco. However, we believe that the message that law enforcement is taking underage tobacco use seriously will be a positive influence on many youth before they ever decide to try tobacco.” 

After a minor receives a citation and contacts the Bradford County Clerk of Court, they will be referred to TIPS. The first TIPS session is on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 and subsequent sessions take place once a week thereafter in a rotation, every Tuesday from 3:30pm-4:30pm at the Bradford High School media center.

The TIPS sessions will be offered on an ongoing basis throughout the remainder of the 2015-2016 school year, with scheduled breaks for holidays and spring break. Minors will begin attending the program starting the Tuesday immediately after receiving their citation and contacting the Clerk of Court, as the four required sessions can be completed in any order.

Any minor who has received a citation must complete all four one-hour sessions of the program to receive a certificate of completion. The certificate will then need to be submitted to the Bradford County Clerk of Court as evidence that the citation requirements have been satisfied and to avoid additional penalties.

For more information on the TIPS sessions in Bradford County, contact Kristina Zachry (KZachry@QuitDoc.com) or Jenna Hewett (JHewett@QuitDoc.com).

 

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