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Local Retailers Recognized for Tobacco Prevention
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Local Retailers Recognized for Tobacco Prevention

HealthySV is proud to announce that Dysart’s Travel Stop in Pittsfield has been recognized for its efforts to curb marketing of tobacco to youth. Dysart’s has been recognized as a “Star Store” – one of only two to be recognized in Sebasticook Valley (the other store is Bud’s Shop ‘n Save in Pittsfield). Dysart’s Travel Stop managers and staff volunteered to participate in this program and are committed to serve as a community leader and responsible retailer dedicated to reducing the visibility of tobacco advertising to kids.

The objective of the Star Store program is to reduce the amount of minors’ exposure to tobacco promotional messaging in retail stores, such as special price and discount signage, free branded promotional items, and general tobacco company in-store posters, signs, and other visible logos. The Star Store program works in combination with NO BUTS! (Blocking Underage Tobacco Sales), the Maine CDC program to stop the illegal sale of tobacco to minors. Dysart’s became a No BUTS! store in February 2014, with assistance from HealthySV. Soon after receiving No Buts! status, Dysart’s embarked on becoming a Star Store. With the help of two students from MCI’s Student Leadership Committee, Hannah Emery and Abi Bergdoll, Dysart’s worked towards completing the process to become a Star Store.

Youth involvement is a key component of the Star Store program. Youth receive special training and then take the lead in making contact with stores, meeting with managers, conducting surveys, and recommending changes in tobacco signage and promotion.

HealthySV is a local Healthy Maine Partnership and community coalition based in the Sebasticook Valley Health (SVH) Community Health and Education department. The HealthySV coalition helps people in Sebasticook Valley live healthier and better lives through programs that foster healthy lifestyles decisions. Healthy Maine Partnerships is a collaborative effort among 26 local coalitions, the Maine DHHS (Maine CDC and Maine Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services) and DOE supported primarily by the Fund for Healthy Maine and federal grants from the US CDC and SAMHSA.

For more information, please contact Karen Hawkes at 487.3890.

 

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