Tobacco and Nicotine Taskforce

2nd Annual Kick Butts Day Poster Contest A Huge Success!

Congratulations to all of our winners and honorable mentions! 

Thank you to all of the special guests, families, and contestants who joined us last month at the awards ceremony. We look forward to next year’s competition! We also enjoyed a presentation from speaker Linda Hancock. View her presentation here.

High School Entries

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Middle School Entries

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Computer Generated Entries

Traditional Art Entries

U.S. Surgeon General 

The U.S. Surgeon General just released a report on e-cig use for youth and young adults. This is important information for everyone in our community. Click the link below to read the report and key findings.






file-page1Our Mission

The mission of the SAFE Tobacco and Nicotine Task Force is to engage and empower Virginia communities to reduce and prevent tobacco and ENDS use. Our vision is to have a community that is well educated about the public health and safety impacts of tobacco and ENDS use.

What We Do

  • The SAFE TNT is a collaboration of key stakeholders from multiple organizations. Our collaborative partners include members from Chesterfield County Police Department, Chesterfield Mental Health, CARON treatment centers, Virginia Department of Health, and the American Lung Association.
  • We are striving to ensure our communities are well educated about the public health impact of tobacco and ENDS use.
  • We are able to share valuable resource materials with your organization.

History and Accomplishments

April 17, 2012 SAFE Tobacco Taskforce Established
April 24, 2013. Sponsored “Emerging Forms of Tobacco:  A Cause for Alert? “ Professional training


March  2014-October 2014 Implemented youth led Store Alert environmental scan project of tobacco retailers.  Fifty-eight Chesterfield County tobacco retailers were visited to evaluate the display and advertisement of tobacco products.  Letters were sent to the stores with their results and recommendations.
Spring 2014 Child Safety Office program worked with two VCU graduate students to enhance the 5th grade STEPP curriculum to include emerging forms of tobacco.  The revised STEPP curriculum was implemented by Child Safety Officers, reaching over 4,000 5th graders.
Spring 2014 Advocated for changes in King’s Dominion Vaping Policies
Spring 2014 Reviewed county government and surrounding locality policies regarding tobacco use.
July 2014 Provided Merchant Education to over 20 retailers that sell tobacco products about the new law, effective July 1st, making it illegal to sell electronic cigarettes and alternative nicotine products to minors.
September 2014 Collaborated with C-Fit, Chesterfield County’s Employee Wellness Program to implement “Give Your Heart a Break” adult tobacco cessation  poster campaign
September 2014 Monitored and increased Task Force awareness of Chesterfield County School Board Policy 5130, Tobacco-Free School Division for Staff, Students and Visitors, revised June 2014, effective July 1, 2015 All campuses and school events will now be tobacco free, including use of electronic cigarettes.
November 2014 Tobacco Task Force members met with school board personnel to obtain approval for use of posters and post cards from the Real Cost Campaign in Chesterfield County Public Schools. Ten posters will be hung per site in November to promote  “The Great American Smoke Out”.