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November 29, 2012

Jasper city council passes resolution against candy flavored tobacco

Jasper — On Tuesday, Nov. 13, the Jasper City Council unanimously passed a resolution urging local retailers to cease the sale of all flavored tobacco products.

At Tuesday’s city council meeting SWAT (Students Working Against Tobacco) students from Hamilton County High School presented their request for a resolution against the sale of candy flavored tobacco to the council members. The SWAT students spent months planning and working on their presentation, according to Hamilton County Prevention Specialist Tony Ogburn.

Members of the HCHS SWAT team are President Madihah Tomoney, Vice President William Scaff, Youth Coordinator David Williams, and Secretary Robyn Barber.

Ogburn briefly explained to the council that resolutions have already been passed by neighboring cities in White Springs and Jennings, as well as by the Hamilton County Commissioners.

SWAT students then offered a well planned and informative PowerPoint presentation about how big tobacco companies target youth with candy flavored tobacco.

“They target youth by the coloring of the packages and the different flavors that have the same smell and taste as popular candies,” said Ogburn. “This resolution is to restrict the sale of candy flavored tobacco in the town of Jasper and to help prevent tobacco use among our youth.”

Mayor Ann Lessman expressed her gratitude and encouraged the students to always stand up for what they believe in. Other council members also congratulated the group on the professional presentation, after which they voted unanimously to pass a resolution urging all local retailers who sell tobacco products to cease the sale and marketing of all flavored tobacco products in the city of Jasper.

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