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The Tobacco Free Partnership of Gilchrist County is Teaming Up with Counter Tools to Evaluate Local Tobacco Advertising
by Dan Murray
December 1, 2020

Since this September when our state government chose to veto the bill SB-810, the Florida Tobacco 21 Bill, organizations and local communities have had to pivot into taking actions into their own hands. With this change in direction The Tobacco Free Partnership of Gilchrist County will be taking part in a survey of the local tobacco retailers within the community. Partnered with CounterTools a nationally recognized company that focuses on the impact the retail environment has on the health of the entire community, and one of those main concerns being big tobacco’s focus on keeping tobacco products cheap and visible in retail environments.

This survey will be the first step into understanding just how our community keeps and respect the rules and regulations already set into place. It is targeted towards advertisements, prices, types of nicotine provided, and even down to the placement of said products. We as a community will be able to use this data once collected into making vital future decisions to improve the health of all its members now and in the future.

As a member of this community I believe not only will this survey provide us with lots of information, but also draw our attention to the areas that may need a little work. If any community members are interested in assisting with this effort can contact the Tobacco Free Partnership of Gilchrist County by email.

For more information on how you can help our Partnership reduce youth access to all tobacco products in Gilchrist County contact is at