Welcome to the web site of the Tobacco Free Partnership of Okeechobee County, Florida!
The Partnership was created in August, 2012, to coordinate tobacco prevention and control efforts by residents and community groups in Okeechobee County.
The QuitDoc Foundation, a non-profit organization based in Coral Springs, Florida, was instrumental in forming the Partnership, and remains the fiscal agent for the organization at this time.
The Tobacco Free Partnership of Okeechobee County is dedicated to the creation of tobacco-free social norms through a combination of community education, youth advocacy, and changes in local tobacco policies.
Current Policy Objectives:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has developed a set of Best Practices for Tobacco Control Programs. A key component of the CDC recommendations is the creation and promotion of tobacco-free policies. This is based on the impact that smoke-free workplace legislation, including smoking restrictions in restaurants, has made on youth tobacco use. Smoke-free policies help young people to realize that tobacco use is not a "normal" adult behavior... an attitude that the tobacco industry has marketed for years.
The Tobacco Free Partnership is currently exploring a number of tobacco-free policies and partnering with other organizations in an attempt to create true "tobacco-free social norms" in Okeechobee County. Please visit the section on policy change for some of the policy initiatives that the Partnership is currently pursuing.