The Graham County STARS – Students Taking A Road to Success – presented their policy change request to the Graham County Board of Supervisors to make the Graham County Fairgrounds a Tobacco Free Park. They brought with them a sample of the tobacco trash they collect during their “butt” collection, display picture boards, information packets and as an example the signage that California uses in their parks to show they are tobacco free. Kailie Renovato and Tate McLain presented to the Board outlining the dangers of cigarette waste as it pertains to infants and children, the toxic chemicals left behind and the unsightly mess left in the parks. They also provided information about secondhand smoke and its effects. Tate told the council the personal story of his grandfather as motivation for why he is passionate about tobacco education and cessation. The Board agreed that it would be a valuable change for the community for the Fairgrounds to go tobacco free and thanked the youth for their efforts, not only with this project but with tobacco education in general.
Great job Graham County STARS!