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Supporting the Mission of the Tobacco Free Partnership of Indian River County
June 17, 2024

The TFP of Indian River County consists of a variety of members across multiple sectors such as local non-profits, United Against Poverty, Substance Awareness Center of Indian River County, Indian River County and The City of Vero Beach staff, local law enforcement, and various private businesses. Grassroots efforts of our community help implement policy interventions. To that end, we are continually seeking to expand our partnership, recruit new members, and raise awareness of our work.

A Key element of prevention strategies is to build partnerships and strengthen coalitions. Comprehensive statewide tobacco control programs must coordinate community-level interventions that counter tobacco industry marketing and mobilize communities to ultimately lead to social norm and behavior changes. Our partnership and its members are a key part in making this change and educating the public about the broader context of tobacco related diseases, which can further mobilize public support for tobacco-free policies.

Throughout this fiscal year, the Tobacco Free Partnership of Indian River County has come together to accomplish great things. Awareness about the harmful effects of tobacco use was brought at the Family Fun Fest in Vero Beach in February. Then, we continued the educational fun in March at the Florida Sheriff’s Youth Ranches 30th Annual BBQ. Events like these, bring the community together and are an integral part of meeting the goals of the Tobacco Free Partnership of Indian River County. We will continue to build relationships and engage in the community about tobacco in future events in the coming year.

During our April Partnership meeting we discussed upcoming events to wrap up our fiscal year as well as plans and goals for the coming year, including smoke-free parks and beaches. Partnership members from United Against Poverty participated in increasing awareness and education on the benefits of eliminating menthol from tobacco products by hanging posters and sharing information on No Menthol Sunday (3rd Sunday in May).

We look forward to new opportunities in connecting with the community in the year ahead. Join the movement by attending our next Tobacco Free Partnership meeting at United Against Poverty – 1400 27th St. Vero Beach, FL 32960 on July 16, 2024 at 10am.