Youth leaders with San Francisco's Tobacco Use Reduction Force (TURF) tell their story about the impacts of tobacco in their neighborhoods, and what they are doing about it.
The low-income neighborhoods of San Francisco, with relatively high densities of youth and people of color, have a disproportionately high concentration of tobacco retailers. This exposure fosters higher smoking rates among the poor.
TURF members, who are gaining skills as researchers and community advocates, have put forward a proposal to protect public health by limiting the density of retailers permitted to sell tobacco, and continues to advocate to develop legislation — the first of its kind in the U.S. — that will effectively address the over-concentration of tobacco retailers in disadvantaged and marginalized communities.
TURF is a project of the Youth Leadership Institute.