It was an exciting morning in the District on September 20, as AHA, partner organizations, and other supporters of the DC Tobacco Free Coalition gathered at the DC Council to attend a ceremonial resolution presentation declaring the week, “DC Calls It Quits Week” in the District of Columbia.
Councilmember Brianne Nadeau presented the resolution alongside Councilmember Yvette Alexander, a longtime tobacco control champion, who also shared words of support.
You’re the Cure advocates in attendance were all engaged, passionate community members who serve their neighbors by fighting to improve health in the District. One such You’re the Cure advocate is Thelma D. Jones. Thelma shared her experience of growing up as the daughter of a tobacco sharecropper in the south. At the time no one knew the impact of those crops, but as Jones said, “we didn’t know then what we know now.”
DC Calls It Quits Week, brings together more than 40 community-based organizations in Washington, DC, and is all about connecting community members with the support and education they need to prevent tobacco use or to make a quit attempt.
In addition to the ceremonial resolution, You’re the Cure advocates participated in a tobacco control summit, a Twitter chat, and community events throughout the District to promote cessation and improve the health of all residents.
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<Special thanks to DC Intern Madeleine Homer for help developing this blog post>