Marshalltown Takes the Pledge to be Tobacco Free
by KIX101.1/ 1230 KFJB News Department
posted Oct 11 2013 11:05AM
The Marshalltown Police Department has taken a pledge to keep tobacco out of the hands of Marshalltown’s youth. Marshalltown Police Chief Mike Tupper says that the Iowa Pledge, or I-Pledge, has been a long standing endeavor. "The City of Marshalltown has been working with Iowa ABD for many, many years on these efforts, " says Tupper, " and we strongly believe that preventing minors from having access from possessing tobacco is an important health issue in our community."
Chief Tupper says he hopes the education effort the department has been using has influenced the community. Tupper made it known that education has to be key to take preventative measures. Preventative measures have to be taken to keep tobacco out of the hands of minors in our community. And it's not just the youth that have been educated, as Tupper said, "We have spent a lot of time educating establishments that sell tobacco and make sure that they're not selling these products to minors." And he plans on enforcing this education with tests. And he warns vendors to be aware.
Despite the departments efforts and education, Chief Tupper says there are sometimes issues at the high school. "We have an officer who works full time down at the high school," and according to Tupper, "I know on occasion he'll find students in possession of tobacco products and he'll take what ever enforcement action is appropriate." Overall, Tupper hopes that the I-Pledge will help with education and prevention of minors gaining access to tobacco products for good.
--By 1230 KFJB Reporter Katherine Fritcke