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Oklahoma City, OKC – On August 28th, 2013 all three members of the Board of Oklahoma County Commissioners (BOCC): Ray Vaughn, Willa Johnson, and Brian Maughan passed a Resolution “Supporting the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health Substance Abuse Service Effort to Promote Tobacco Free Youth Initiative” No. 188-13.  This resolution is designed to bring awareness and support to merchants who refuse the sale of tobacco products to people under the age of 18. This initiative is also known as Reward Reminder Visits (RRV’s), this program offers positive reinforcement for store clerks who refuse tobacco sales to minors in the form of rewards (letters of appreciation, pens, candy, raffle items and even gift certificates), However, for the stores that do sale we provide reminders (reminder cards/ education materials of the law) to store clerks who allow tobacco sales to minors. The use of these RRV’s not only educate individuals that sell tobacco, but it also, changes the perception of youth who think it’s normal to purchase and use tobacco. Scientific Research has demonstrated there is a connection between early tobacco use and later use of hard drugs, lower academic achievement and delinquent and risky adolescent behavior. Together as a community with the support of our Oklahoma County Commissioners, we can encourage and support merchants in our neighborhoods to refuse tobacco sales to minors under the age of 18. Be the Change!

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