MCCA to feature alcohol-, tobacco-free zone

Published 8:17 am Wednesday, February 4, 2015

The City of Bogalusa and the Washington Parish Youth Council from ADAPT have established tobacco-free and alcohol-free zones during the Krewe of MCCA Mardi Gras parade route.

MCCA rolls at 1 p.m. on Feb. 14.

The designated alcohol- and tobacco-free zone for the parade is in front of the library. The zone starts at the corner of West Third and Avenue F and runs to the corner of Our Lady of the Angels Hospital’s adjoining property. There will be signs posted by ADAPT’s Washington Parish Youth Council in the zone area.

ADAPT Executive Director Charlotte Fornea said the smoke- and alcohol-free zone is nothing new.

“We’ve been doing this for several years,” Fornea said. “ADAPT, in partnership with Tobacco Free Living, has sponsored this site for many years. It has been greatly appreciated by the public.”

The Youth Council is one of 12 groups across the state that were awarded grants from the Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco Free Living to engage and get youth involved with tobacco control and prevention efforts through the Defy the Lies initiative. As part of the grant, ADAPT’s Defy team is participating in the point of purchase, which focuses on tobacco products and advertising in stores where youth are likely to visit on a regular basis, like gas stations, grocery stores, pharmacies and corner stores.