By Daniel Brunty
The Webster Progress-Times
The Mississippi Tobacco-Free Coalition of Choctaw, Montgomery and Webster Counties’ project manager, Keetha Mosley, conducted the Webster County chapter’s quarterly meeting Feb. 27 at the Central Service Grill in Eupora.
Mosley created the local coalition in the latter part of 2013, which consists of community members from all of Webster County to share ideas and help further education and awareness regarding tobacco use.
Members of the coalition attending the meeting were Progress-Times reporter Daniel Brunty and Lauren Smith, school counselor at Eupora Elementary.
The meeting began with a brief discussion regarding options for grants for the city and county in regards to the Smoke-Free campaign. Some of these grants could be used for projects in the community such as improving playground equipment, building walking/running tracks and others.
Next on the topic of discussions was the possibility of recognizing businesses that were voluntarily smoke-free. Mosley said she would like to go to these businesses and recognize them for taking others into consideration by allowing their businesses to be smoke-free.
Mosley also discussed how she would like to reach out to youth in grades 9-12 who might be interested in heading up a youth effort, as well as planning a youth event for the first part of the summer. These youth would lead local youth advocacy activities also.
The youth will get to participate in a training activity this April on leading the local youth events. Mosley said that the youth would meet and create ideas for the summer event.
Mosley also expressed the need to continue recruitment of others to the coalition. Membership is for who those who are passionate about reducing the number of tobacco-related diseases and death, and want to be a part of the solution. With more membership, the message of being smoke-free can be carried throughout the community.
Anyone interested in being a youth leader (grades 9-12) or being a member of the general coalition may contact Keetha Mosley at (662) 392-6346 or firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.