Tobacco and Nicotine Taskforce

Our 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”.

CDC Infographic

E-cigarettes have the potential to benefit adult smokers who are not pregnant if used as a complete substitute for regular cigarettes and other smoked tobacco products. E-cigarettes are not safe for youth, young adults, pregnant women, or adults who do not currently use tobacco products. CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health has created a new e-cigarette infographic. It provides standard background information, including the health effects of using e-cigarettes and trends in use among youth and adults.

To download the inforgraphic (5 page PDF),  please click the provided link: Electronic-Cigarettes-Infographic-508.

Corrective Statements

Starting on November 26, 2017, the major U.S. tobacco companies must begin running court-ordered television and newspaper ads that tell the American public the truth about the dangers of smoking and secondhand smoke. The ads – called corrective statements – will run in print and online in about 50 newspapers. They will also run for one year on the major television networks during prime time.

For more information on spreading the word please visit the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, there you will find social media graphics and language for use on Facebook and Twitter. The corrective statement TV ads themselves can be shared directly on Facebook and Twitter.


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.


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.

https://e-cigarettes.surgeongeneral.gov/