Students urge council to set strict guidelines for tobacco sales
The Washington Parish Council on Monday heard a presentation from the Washington Parish Youth Council Defy group.
Members of Defy group, which includes eight junior high and high school students, gave a PowerPoint presentation and told the council about the prevalence of tobacco advertising targeting youth.
The group asked the council to consider setting strict guidelines on the sale of tobacco in the parish.
“You can limit tobacco advertising at cash registers. You can prohibit tobacco sales within 300 feet from schools, churches, playgrounds or public libraries,” said member Abbi Fornea, who added that such a policy was enacted in New Orleans in 2009.
For more information about the Defy group, visit www.defythelies.com or facebook.com/adaptinc.