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The TSET Healthy Living program is looking for volunteers ages 16-19 to help with tobacco retail education tours.

Reducing and preventing the sale of tobacco products, vaping products and nicotine-only products to young people under 21 is the goal of the tours, according to a TSET press release.

Young volunteers, under the supervision of a trained adult, would walk into a tobacco retailer and attempt to purchase a specific product, but no formal transaction would take place. After the attempted purchase, the supervising adult would immediately recognize sellers who do not sell to young minors or remind them of young people’s access to tobacco law and the need to verify age before selling, according to the Press release.

TSET HLP program coordinator Lindsey Martin said the program is a great opportunity that few people have to say they have done.

“For someone who is hesitant to volunteer, they should know that we will walk them through the process step-by-step, right by their side,” Martin said. “We will accompany them throughout the experience, and they will receive adequate training beforehand, so that they know exactly what they are doing and that they feel confident. Their safety is our number one priority. »

Martin said that she herself participated in this type of event when she was young. It’s a great way to work on social skills and be part of something bigger, she said.

“What we hope these retail education visits will come from these retail education visits is informing the community and retailers about the increased age to purchase tobacco products, to following the bill signed into law by Governor Stitt in 2019 (raising the age from 18 to 21),” Martin mentioned. “We know from our time working with municipal governments in Rogers County that some do not have an updated ordinance reflecting the age change.”

Young volunteers who are interested must have a background check and parental consent if they are under 18 years old. Martin is available at 918-237-9640 or by email at [email protected] to answer questions and register volunteers.

“We also hope to share resources with anyone who wants to quit smoking and just needs support,” Martin said. “There are several resources we can provide through Tobacco Stops With Me/the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline – www.stopswithme.com.”

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