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Spartanburg, SC 29304

Tobacco

The IMPACT Coalition is involved in those strategies that are proven and effective in addressing youth use of tobacco.

Tobacco Prevention Strategies

Tobacco

The Spartanburg Community Alcohol and Drug IMPACT Coalition has selected to follow the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) blueprint for delivering Tobacco Prevention Strategies in Spartanburg County. (Strategies 56: Creating Healthy, Tobacco-Free Environments at www.cadca.org)

So what does that mean...
The IMPACT Coalition is involved in those strategies that are proven and effective in addressing youth use of tobacco. Those strategies include:

Reduce Access

Restrict Access: Take steps that make it harder for youth to use tobacco. Local law enforcement agencies are involved in routine compliance checks at tobacco establishments.

Challenges faced in Spartanburg:

  • South Carolina does not license tobacco outlets, therefore there is no list of outlets… making finding new locations challenging.
  • Tobacco can be sold anywhere in Spartanburg whether flea markets, yard sales or ice cream trucks.
  • Consistent enforcement due to lack of funding
  • Penalties are civil not criminal and can be easily dropped
  • Community priority on support for enforcement

Change Social Norms

Change Social Norms: Create a community where the use of tobacco production is the exception nor the norm.

Policy Development:

  • Model school policies that promote tobacco free environments on school campus’.
  • Smoke free city and county ordinances that limits use in public places.
  • Retail policies that include training for merchants and vendors.

Limit Media Exposure

Limit Media Exposure: Limit youth exposure to tobacco use through movies, advertising and promotions that may target youth use

Strategies :

  • Model community policies that reduce signage that promotes youth use.
  • Tobacco sponsorship limits for youth and community events
  • Promotion of tobacco by monitoring freebies, false advertising and use of youth in advertising.

Peer to Peer Leadership

Limit Media Exposure: Limit youth exposure to tobacco use through movies, advertising and promotions that may target youth use

Peer to Peer Leadership:
Youth Advocacy:
Youth can be the largest advocates for community change. Youth who take a stand and model healthy lifestyles can do the following:

  • Be advocates for other youth
  • Be advocates for legislation
  • Be advocates for local policy
  • Be the voice toward changing community norms.