Tobacco-Free Mecklenburg is a network of organizations and individuals supporting a culture of health through tobacco-free living in Mecklenburg County, NC.
This advocacy network began as Smoke-Free Charlotte in 2006, later became Smoke-Free Mecklenburg and was instrumental in advocating for the 2010 statewide smoke-free restaurants and bars law. It evolved to Tobacco-Free Mecklenburg in 2014 and supported the Mecklenburg County Tobacco-free Parks Ordinance and Board of Health Rule for Smoke-free Government Grounds. There is continued need for strong advocacy to support evidence-based strategies locally and statewide to reduce tobacco’s toll in our community.
All residents in our community deserve a healthy home, workplace and community where tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke are no longer the social norm. We promote culturally appropriate and best practice strategies to reduce deaths and health problems due to tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke.
To develop and maintain a well-informed group of stakeholders who can act as tobacco control advocates and partner with others to voice support, mobilize action and organize initiatives around the following four goals:
- Eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke through smoke-free and tobacco-free environments;
- Ensure that tobacco users are linked to quit (cessation) resources;
- Prevent youth initiation of tobacco use; and
- Address disparity issues for populations with higher tobacco use rates.
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