Wednesday is Tobacco-Free Kid Day, an annual day of awareness that encourages people of all ages to live tobacco-free lifestyles.

The goal of Tobacco-Free Kid Day is to get every school and community in Texas involved in the effort to make people in their school and community make healthy choices by not using tobacco products today and in the future, according to a news release from Smith County.

Precinct 1 Constable Henry Jackson has actively promoted and supported a Tobacco-Free Lifestyle since February 2000, and he will host two events at Tyler bingo halls.

The event will be held from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. at Rose City Bingo, 1216 S. Bennett Ave., and from 7:45 to 8:45 p.m. at Tyler Bingo, 1631 S. Vine Ave.

Local teenagers will be handing out chewing gum, soft drinks and special bingo daubers to people who do not smoke in the smoking sections. He said the teenagers, who are younger than 17 and are part of his Tobacco-Free Kid Program and also help him with controlled buys.

Jackson annually receives grants from the Texas Step Program for controlled buys, or tobacco stings, and educates retailers about the laws and consequences of selling tobacco products to minors.

On March 10, Jackson conducted eight controlled buys, and three local stores sold tobacco to minors and were issued tickets. On March 14, he conducted seven controlled buys and none of the stores sold tobacco to minors, the news release reads.

Constable Jackson has joined forces with the Texas Department of State Health Services and the Texas School Safety Center at Texas State University in promoting supporting a Tobacco-Free Lifestyle.


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