The Grundy County C2000 coalition in collaboration with the Grundy County Health Department has been working to establish a smoke free ordinance in the town of Trenton, Missouri. The coalition has most recently surveyed community members on their knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs about smoking with 63% of those surveyed in favor of a smoke free ordinance. The coalition has partnered with the local high school to create tables and documents to organize and analyze the data. The coalition has been running a media campaign on the dangers of secondhand smoke; broadcasting messages on radio and in the newspaper. The coalition plans to approach the city council at some point this summer but currently they are working to identify individuals and groups within the community that would help support the coalition’s efforts to establish a smoke free ordinance.
The Grundy County C2000 coalition held it’s first after prom event this year. The community had not had an after prom in nearly 20 years. While numbers were low, the coalition was pleased with the attendance and the favorable response from the students there. The coalition plans to keep the event going in the coming years and eventually hand it off to parents.