Vendor Compliance Checks
Youth volunteers work with enforcement personnel to check area retailers for compliance with youth access laws. Stores and store clerks are fined or must attend a State-sponsored retailer education class.
The Tale of Samantha Skunk: This half hour educational story is geared toward kindergarteners and first graders. The story is about a skunk who tries smoking to fit in. She learns, though, that she is unique and special in her own way without using tobacco. The Samantha Skunk program includes full costume, props and storybooks.
Kick Butts Day: This is a nation-wide advocacy initiative to empower youth to take charge against tobacco use. For details visit www.kickbuttsday.org.
The Coalition has been active in assisting area worksites in creating healthy, smoke-free environments for customers and employees. The Keene Smoking Ordinance was implemented in 2002 and in June 2007 the New Hampshire Legislature passed the amended NH Indoor Smoking Act, prohibiting smoking in restaurants, cocktail lounges, and enclosed places owned and operated by social, fraternal, or religious organizations when open to the general public. Purposes for which such places may be open to the general public may include, but not limited to, public meetings, voting, suppers, bingo games, theatrical events, fairs, and bazaars.
The Coalition conducts surveys of area business to assess tobacco use policies. We offer cessation support to employees, as well as support for employers who are implementing more comprehensive policies regarding tobacco use.
The Coalition works with other community coalitions to provide safe, substance-free activities for area youth.
Community Education Programs
The Coalition has presented tobacco education programs for Smith’s Medical, C & S Wholesale Grocers, Keene State College, Filtrine Mfg, CIA Associates (a court diversion program for adults), Hamshaw Lumber, Head Start, Keene Beauty Academy, Millipore Corp, Rivermead, Plumb Pak, Dublin and Keene Phoenix Houses, The Cheshire County House of Corrections, The Meeting School, Keene School District schools, Laidlaw Education Services (the area transportation company), and others.
Resources: We have a lending library of videos and dvds for schools. We also offer props for discussions, show and tell, etc. Call us for details at 354-6513.
**There is no charge for our programs. The Cheshire Coalition for Tobacco Free Communities is funded by the Cheshire Health Foundation. Our goals are to reduce youth initiation of tobacco products, to help anyone who wants to quit do so and to eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke.