The Tobacco Free Coalition of Pinellas

Improving the health of our community by working to reduce tobacco use and exposure to toxic secondhand smoke.


Congratulations to Stetson University!

From Stetson University News (by Brandi Palmer, Original Post:  7/30/14):

The policy officially declaring Stetson University’s residential campuses in DeLand and Gulfport smoke- and tobacco-free will be in effect, as of Aug. 1, 2014. With this declaration, Stetson University joins a growing list of colleges and universities across the country enacting a policy to prohibit smoking and tobacco-related products.

All forms of tobacco use are prohibited, including e-cigarettes and a variety of smokeless products, in Stetson buildings, structures, grounds, parking lots and in university and personal vehicles while on Stetson grounds.

“This is an exciting time for Stetson University as we kick off a new academic year,” said President Wendy B. Libby, Ph.D. “With Stetson’s institutional values commitments that focus on the development of the whole person, it is imperative that our campuses provide a safe and healthy environment for our students, faculty, staff, alumni and visitors. I am proud of the work of so many who advocated for and led us to becoming smoke- and tobacco-free.”

“Putting values into action is an important component of the Stetson experience,” said Christopher Kandus-Fisher, Ed.D., vice president of student affairs. “The decision for Stetson University to become smoke- and tobacco-free is completely in line with our commitment to holistic wellness. The residence halls have been smoke-free for quite some time, and it is wonderful to see that the university community supports the overall health and wellness of our faculty, staff and students.”

Stetson began implementing smoking restrictions in 2007 by banning smoking near buildings and air vents. The new policy is the result of several years of research, focus groups and a university task force that determined that smoking was inconsistent with the values of the university. Stetson’s commitment to values like health and wellness includes protecting non-smokers and also supporting smokers in reconsidering a behavior that has been scientifically proven to have serious long-term health consequences.

Since that time, Stetson has offered a variety of resources to help members of the Stetson University community quit smoking. These resources have included a series of informational sessions, health fairs, human resource training sessions, free education programs about smoking and free resources for those who want to quit, including cessation products and classes. More information about Stetson University’s smoke/tobacco-free programs can be found at stetson.edu/breathe-free.

Compliance with this new policy rests with all members of the Stetson community. Community members are empowered to respectfully inform others about the policy and the ongoing effort to enhance awareness of and encourage compliance with this policy.

More information about compliance is covered in the policy section of the university’s Breathe-Free website.

Contact:

Mary Anne Rogers, University Marketing
Phone: (386) 822-7215; main line (386) 822-8920; cell (386) 717-5836
E-Mail: mrogers@stetson.edu


Keep My Pinellas Beautiful – Cigarette Butt Recycling Program

Did you know you can recycle those nasty cigarette butts?  Pinellas County has a local recycling program doing just that!  The website states:

The “You Too Can Recycle Cigarette Butts” Program is a program to collect and recycle Cigarette Butts in Pinellas County. The following are the reasons why we all should be involved in this recycling effort .

  1. Cigarette Butts are the number one litter item in Pinellas County. They are on our beaches, in our parking lots, at our bus stops and most of all in the middle of our street at left hand turn lanes.
  2. Rains wash them into our coastal waters where the young marine life consume them and die.
  3. Some Cigarette Butts end up in our landfill when birds consume them and die/
  4. Based on a recent study, it cost $ 4.17 (value of volunteer Time) for every cigarette removed during a cleanup of the beach.

The startup of this program is sponsored by:
Hilton Worldwide Travel with Purpose Action Grant. – They made the program possible – Our Thanks to them.

This “You Too Can Recycle Cigarette Butts” Program is planned for Individuals (Responsible Smokers) and all businesses situations where Cigarette Butts are present.

Our program motto is “Please don’t Flick It, recycle it!”

Our program is to encourage everyone to collect cigarette butts for recycling and Keep Pinellas Beautiful will pick them up and deliver them to the Recycler (NO More Butts).

To make this recycling program work and include all sources for cigarette butts, Keep Pinellas will be providing the following three basic components, as needed to support the program.

  1. Cigarette Butt Receptacles – also called Ash/Waste receptacles We have designed an inexpensive Cigarette Butt disposals containers for businesses (outside collection) Beach participates will like them because they can easily be secured to wood walkways to the beach. Click here for more information…
  2. Cigarette Butt Disposal Container – This item was designed for inside collection of cigarette butts from businesses. It has the same base as the Cigarette Butt Receptacles. Click here for more information…
  3. Cigarette Butt Collection Container. This Cigarette Butt Collection Container will be place throughout Pinellas County at various public businesses. A listing of those locations will be on our web site (www.Mykpb.com) under Recycling, then click on “You Too Can Recycle”. This listing will be by Zip Code and updated weekly. We are attempting to have a minimum of 50 collection locations.

For more information about the program, please visit their entire website at :  http://www.mykpb.com/cigarette-butt-recycling.html


2014-15 Coalition Meeting Times/Dates

With the start of the new fiscal year at the beginning of July coalition meetings will be held quarterly throughout the year.  This was a decision made by coalition leadership in an attempt to make meetings more accessible to the public and community leaders.  The coalition will meet on the following days:

– August 5th, 2014

– November 4th, 2014

– February 3rd, 2015

– May 5th, 2015

The location and time are the same from previous years:

3:00pm @ Mid County Health Department, 8751 Ulmerton Road, Largo, FL  33774

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us on our contact page.


Welcome!

Thank you for visiting the Tobacco Free Coalition of Pinellas County’s website!  We are a group of committed citizens, community organizations, government agencies, and youth dedicated to reducing tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure in Pinellas County, Florida.  On this website you can find information about tobacco control and updates on our events, activities, programs, and members.  Anyone in the community is welcome to join us during our coalition meetings or events–so please, come and see what we’re all about!