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Tobacco Free Partnership of Bradford County Celebrates the
2012 Great American Smokeout

The Tobacco-Free Partnership of Bradford County met on November 15, 2012 at the Western Steer Steakhouse in Starke, Florida. The meeting coincided with the 37th Annual Great American Smokeout, a day set aside to encourage people to quit tobacco use for just one day.  We were very excited and pleased with all of the new attendees.

At the meeting, The Tobacco-Free Partnership of Bradford County announced the advisory council for this fiscal year. The advisory council includes the following individuals: Tiffany Dougherty (Shands Starke Regional Medical Center), Candace Osteen (Bradford County Health Department), Lisa Prevatt (Assistant Superintendent, Bradford County Schools), Mackenzie Dougherty, (Bradford Middle School SWAT), and Marrissa Greenwell (Bradford High School SWAT).

Other exciting news regarding Bradford County was announced at the meeting.

First, Shands Starke Regional Medical Center will become a Tobacco-Free Campus for all patients, visitors, and employees starting January 1, 2013. The Tobacco-Free Partnership of Bradford County is happy to be able to help assist Shands Starke Regional Medical Center in becoming a tobacco-free campus, and has helped with the cost of new signage to promote the upcoming change in the tobacco policy at the Medical Center.

Also, The Tobacco-Free Partnership was thrilled to have Rick Bender in attendance as the special speaker for the November meeting. Mr. Bender is known by some as the man without a face. At the age of 12, he starting using Spit Tobacco, and by the age of 26 he was diagnosed with Oral Cancer. He lost 1/3 of his tongue, 1/2 of his jaw, 25% use of his right arm, and is lucky to have survived his aggressive cancer.  Mr. Bender is still fighting the effects of his tobacco use today. He is a very powerful speaker and all of the attendees were greatly impacted by his message.

The Tobacco-Free Partnership of Bradford County will meet again on January 17, 2013 at the Western Steer Steakhouse at 12:30 p.m. All are welcome.

For more information on the work of the Tobacco Free Partnership of Bradford County, visit