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  • Youth Tobacco Prevention and Leadership

    STAND Youth Tobacco Coalitions

    Students Taking A New Direction (STAND)! These anti-tobacco teens (ages 12-18) are affiliated with schools, community groups and others who all commit to one simpleSTAND Youth Coalition action: AGREE TO BE TOBACCO FREE!

    STAND Youth Coalitions aim to reduce youth tobacco initiation by making change in their communities, whether it is promoting smoke-free environments, educating their peers, planning community-wide events, or encouraging current smokers to quit. 

    Learn more on the STAND AZ website.

    Current STAND Youth Tobacco Coalitions

    • Empire High School - Vail, AZ
    • Anza Trail K-8 - Sahuarita, AZ
    • Miles Early Learning Center K-8 - Tucson, AZ
    • Tucson Indian Center Youth Coalition - Tucson, AZ

    Are you a teacher/administrator looking to start a STAND Coalition at your school? For more information contact the Tobacco and Chronic Disease Prevention team at (520) 724-7904.

    Counter Strike - Volunteers Needed for Tobacco Sting

    In partnership with the Attorney General's office and the Department ofAttorney General's Office Public Safety, the Pima County Health Department makes sure that stores that sell tobacco products are not selling them to kids under 18. Once or twice per month teen volunteers (ages 15-17), accompanied by a police officer, go undercover and try to buy tobacco products. If the clerk sells to them, the clerk and the establishment gets a fine. To see an inspection in action, check out video footage on the STAND website.


    This volunteer program is a great way for teens to get community service hours forCounterstrike school and may boost future job and college applications. It is also a lot of fun! To participate in this program, the teen and their parents must fill out a volunteer application form and the teen must have a valid ID (Arizona State ID, driver's license, or passport). Currently, inspections are on Mondays from 4-8 p.m.

    If you have a teen that might want to participate, please call (520) 243-7906 or email Counterstrike@pima.gov for an application.




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