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Tobacco Free Partnership Presents Tobacco Prevention Program to Youth at Catholic Charities
June 8, 2016

According to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Cigarette Report for 2013, 2016 - Major tobacco companies now spend $9.5 billion per year - more than $25 million every day - to promote their products, and many of their marketing efforts directly to kids.

Approximately 90% of all smokers start before age 18, the average age for a new smoker being 13!

To help bring awareness to this topic, the Tobacco Free Partnership of DeSoto County presented tobacco education, particularly in the area of point of sale retail, to Catholic Charities at Casà San Juan Bosco on the morning of June 8, 2016.

We thoroughly enjoyed our time with them and look forward to working together in the near future to implement a tobacco free policy at their facility.

Melissa Mendoza (DeSoto County SWAT Coordinator), Jim Potter (Tobacco Free Partnership Member), and Jodie DeLoach (Community Health Advocate) visit youth at Catholic Charities of Casa San Juan Bosco.