Coalition Activities

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.

School Education and Prevention Programs

In 2010 our Tobacco Educator presented to approximately 4,000 students in Monadnock Region schools. We support prevention efforts in the region through the following programs:

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. More than 2000 events from coast to coast are planned for March 23, 2011 (For an effective event, groups should begin planning in January.)

Wellness Activities: We offer many fun and engaging activities to promote wellness and prevention. (Age/Class appropriate). We can design a program based on your curriculum, class or group needs.

Questions and Answers: This informal but highly effective dialog with students for 3rd grade through high school includes discussion about the health and cosmetic effects of tobacco, addiction, peer pressure, refusal skills, and more.

Morphing: This activity is technology at its best. Wrinkles, wrinkles and more wrinkles. Students witness their own aging process, as a result of the use of tobacco, through computer software imaging. (We provide this technology for Middle and High School).

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.

To schedule a time to meet to talk about any programs or for more information please contact Maryanne Keating at or call 354-5454 ext 2369.

We provide support for planning for events like Kick Butts Day, an event of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, which is designed to be a youth driven event to educate youth and communities about the dangers of tobacco and the impact of marketing on youth, among other things. The program is designed to be an opportunity for peer education. The coalition recently hosted a speaker, Rick Stoddard at Keene High School, who shared his experience of losing his young wife to lung cancer.

Smoke-Free Worksites

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 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.

Tobacco-Free Alternatives

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 worksites to 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, Laidlaw Education Services (the area transportation company), and others.

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