Project ACTION Tobacco-Free Coalition in Hamilton, Fulton, Montgomery counties educates community leaders and the community about store tobacco-products displays, tobacco marketing in stores, and pharmacies and grocery stores about ending the sale of tobacco.
Education on tobacco products in pharmacies and stores reduces the number and location of stores that sell tobacco. Reducing the number of stores that sell tobacco makes prevention and cessation efforts more effective by decreasing social acceptability and changing the norm.
Tobacco products are highly addictive and 52 percent of all pharmacies in New York state still sell tobacco products.
Education also is important for the community at large. For more on the issue of tobacco marketing in stores, please visit www.projectactionhfm.org.
Project ACTION associate