Youth Vaping Prevention Education
Our May 22, 2019 Smokefree SC Summit kicked off a new priority of helping to reduce youth vaping in South Carolina. We plan to begin a statewide public education effort in the fall of 2019, and if you'd like to stay up-to-date with this work, please join our mailing list.
If you'd like to volunteer to help us educate parents and youth throughout the state on the dangers of vaping, check out our volunteer opportunities.
South Carolina State Tobacco Plan
We are partners in the development of the South Carolina State Tobacco Plan which prioritizes the efforts and work to reduce the toll of smoking and tobacco use throughout our state.
SC CAN Quit
We are working with cancer centers through the state to encourage the adoption of a tobacco cessation policy as standard of care for all SC cancer centers. The aim is to assure that every patient 1) is screened for tobacco use, 2) is advised to quit if they are a smoker, 3) is entered into evidence-based tobacco cessation services or programs, and 4) receives follow up regarding quitting efforts.
Our primary project partners are the Medical University of South Carolina, South Carolina Cancer Center, South Carolina Department of Environment Control, and the University of South Carolina. Learn more here.
We began a partnership in 2016 with South Carolina Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services (DAODAS) and Counter Tools to address tobacco issues at the Point of Sale (POS). POS refers to any location where tobacco and/or alcohol products are advertised, displayed or purchased. Historically, POS is where the tobacco industry spends most of their marketing dollars. Marketing and tobacco sales have a significant impact on youth tobacco use, disparities in tobacco use rates and quit attempts.
As of May 2019, 33 of the 46 counties across South Carolina have conducted in-store assessments on tobacco products for sale, price points and marketing. They have also mapped the tobacco retailers in their communities to assess how many of them exist in different neighborhoods and how close they are to schools and parks. Documenting the problem at a local level allows local coalitions and community groups to formulate policy solutions, raise community awareness, and engage decision makers in implementing and enforcing local statutes on tobacco use and sales.
We are committed to being a resource in SC to help advocates stay up-to-date on important smoking and tobacco-related legislation locally, statewide, and at the federal level. We send Advocacy Alerts and communicate critical information to help activate citizen voices against policy that is bad for the health and well-being of youth and adults in South Carolina.
We also serve as a central resource for model policies that are useful to coalitions and other groups working on change in their local communities.