Laurel Hill council urges retailers to discontinue flavored tobacco sales

Published: Friday, November 16, 2012 at 13:29 PM.

"Almost all of Florida has a city or county with a resolution” discouraging such products’ sale, Shania said.

The city of Crestview in November 2011 passed a similar resolution that urges tobacco retailers to stop marketing and selling flavored tobacco products within city limits.

Following the students’ presentation, the council adopted a resolution that urges local retailers to discontinue flavored tobacco product sales.

Council Vice President Robby Adams motioned to adopt the resolution with a second from Betty Williamson. Including votes from Clifton Hall and Larry Hendren the resolution unanimously passed.

SWAT is a statewide youth organization that actively works against the tobacco industry and particularly aims its message at youth, according to the Florida Department of Health’s website.

The program, which has 25 students in different grade levels, participates in several community activities, Officer Joe McLaughlin of the Okaloosa County Sheriff ’s Office said.

McLaughlin said that many of SWOT’s members became aware of tobacco use’s potential effects through personal experiences.

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