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WESTERLY â€” For Astrid Meijer, Tobacco Program Coordinator of the Chariho Task Force on Substance Abuse Prevention, lowering and ultimately preventing youth tobacco usage is the goal, and she has worked to achieve it step by step.
â€śThe energy you have to get together for this work â€“ itâ€™s not a sprint, itâ€™s a marathon,â€ť she said.
At Fridayâ€™s â€śTobacco Summitâ€ť held at the Westerly Library, Meijer was one of six speakers to address the dayâ€™s topic,â€śTackling Youth Tobacco use in Rhode Islandâ€™s More Rural Communities.â€ť
Meijer spoke about her process of working with local leaders and government officials to create smoke-free public places and local tobacco retailer licenses.
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