What is the Tobacco Free Leon Partnership (TFL)?
The Partnership is a coalition of organizations who support a tobacco-free Leon County. We work together with leaders in the community to educate the public about the issue of tobacco, and promote ways to live tobacco-free.
“The mission of Tobacco Free Leon is to empower youth and adults to mobilize and coordinate the resources of Leon County to create a tobacco-free community through youth prevention, cessation activities, promotion of a tobacco free lifestyle, and reducing the tobacco industry’s influence.
What organizations are currently involved in the Partnership?
We have a wide range of member organizations that sit on our Partnership. These organizations include: Big Bend AHEC, Capital Health Plan, Florida State University, Leon County School Board, Whole Child Leon, the American Lung Association, Leon County Health Department, Tallahassee Housing Authority, Working Well, the YMCA, and more.
What are the benefits to becoming a member of the Partnership?
Partners gain by networking with other organizations working toward similar goals in prevention, children’s issues, public health, etc. Partners also accumulate a larger presence in the community with events that are sponsored by the Partnership. Additionally, partners gain by pooling resources from a variety of organizations to accomplish larger tasks. We will work with our partners to ensure that all involved benefit by working with each other.
What is my role as a member of the Partnership?
Partners are expected to attend Partnership meetings, which tentatively take place on the second Thursdays of each month. Additionally, partners are asked to provide support in the execution of the Partnership’s goals, assist in the planning of events and activities, and promote our message while we help to promote yours. Partnership meeting notices will always be sent via email and noticed through this website.
What are the Partnership’s plans for the future?
The Partnership is entering a very exciting time. We will be working to create policy change here in Leon County in the areas of prevention of youth initiation of tobacco use, reducing exposure to secondhand smoke, and cessation for current smokers.
Who do I contact for more information and how to become an official partner or supporter?
You may contact Kevin Frentz, Tobacco Prevention Specialist for the Florida Department of Health in Leon County at (850) 606-8175, or email him at: Kevin.Frentz@flhealth.gov.