It’s been six months since McAllen’s updated smoke-free ordinance went into effect. As part of ongoing efforts to be a community resource and to help increase public awareness of the ordinance, the Tobacco Prevention and Control Coalition youth group are conducting a cigarette butt cleanup in downtown McAllen tomorrow, Thursday, June 14th, from 6:00 to 8:00pm.
Along the way, the Coalition will assist businesses with ‘No Smoking’ signage and help interested businesses implement smoke-free policies if they are currently lacking one.
“The primary purpose of this activity is to show the city and businesses that we’re here to help,” says Yolanda Guzman, the coalition’s volunteer specialist. “Some people are still unclear on the specifics of McAllen’s smoke-free ordinance, or may not even be aware of it, and by picking up littered cigarettes we’re highlighting one reason why the ordinance was needed, as well as helping to give back to the city a little bit.”
The TPCC’s goals are to prevent tobacco use among young people, promote compliance and support adequate enforcement of federal, state and local tobacco laws, increase cessation among young people and adults, eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke, reduce tobacco use among populations with the highest burden of tobacco-related health disparities, develop and maintain statewide capacity for comprehensive tobacco prevention and control.
If you would like to learn more about the Coalition and its activities, please contact Yolanda Guzman at 956-787-0004, ext. 19 or email email@example.com. Follow/Like the TPCC on Facebook (facebook.com/unidadtpcc) and Twitter/Instagram (@unidad_tpcc) for the most current news on Coalition events and activities, as well as local, state, national, and worldwide trends on tobacco enforcement and surveillance.