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Despite the Pandemic, the Tobacco Free Partnership of Bradford County is Pushing for Changes in Local Tobacco Policies
September 10, 2020

The Tobacco Free Partnership of Bradford County, a coalition of community members focused on the prevention of tobacco use, has signed its bylaws, elected the 2020-2021 Advisory Council, and made plans for fiscal year 2020-2021.

The Tobacco Free Partnership of Bradford County is dedicated to the creation of tobacco-free social norms through a combination of community education, youth advocacy and changes in local tobacco policies. The mission of the Tobacco Free Partnership of Bradford County reflects the goals of the CDC’s Best Practices, especially in regards to changes in local tobacco policies to create and promote tobacco-free social norms.

Currently the partnership focuses on counteracting tobacco marketing at the point of sale, tobacco free worksite policies, reducing tobacco use in rural communities and Students Working Against Tobacco through campus clubs.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Tobacco Free Partnership of Bradford County has had to think outside the box and use creativity to continue their local prevention efforts.  The Partnership knows the importance of prevention efforts locally and will continue to engage community partners, members, and youth to make sure tobacco prevention efforts remain.  Technology has allowed the Partnership to stay engaged through zoom meetings, virtual presentations, and even virtual sharing of educational materials. 

Goals of the Partnership for the new fiscal year include, garnering community support for local tobacco retail licensing, educating partners about the importance and benefit of tobacco retail licensing, and the continued efforts to counteract tobacco marketing at the Point of Sale.  Other efforts will include increasing participation in Students Working Against Tobacco clubs and also educating youth to be advocates for policy change locally.  The Partnership will continue to engage community members through events, presentations, worksites, and school district in whatever capacity is available. 

Although our prevention efforts may look a little different due to this pandemic, we are excited about the future of what we can accomplish.  The Tobacco Free Partnership of Bradford County is facilitated by the QuitDoc Foundation and we are equipping ourselves to continue our local prevention efforts to meet the needs of our community.   Learn more at www.quitdoc.com. To learn more about the Partnership or to get involved, visit www.tfp-Bradford.org or contact Candace Osteen at COsteen@QuitDoc.com.