We used to pick it - now they want us to smoke it!


This Month: The new San Francisco ban on self-service displays of tobacco products is one step in the direction of reducing tobacco access to youth.
May 5, 1997 / Volume 4 San Francisco African American Tobacco Free Project

Operation Storefront

Operation Storefront is underway again, after much success and great results from last year's efforts. Members of the San Francisco Tobacco Free Coalition came together on Saturday, April 5, 1997, at the Mission Housing Development Office to go for it once again.

Operation Storefront is one of SFAATFP's most exciting projects because it takes both adults and youth to make it work. A team of one adult and two young people go to local stores and count the number of tobacco advertisements posted inside and outside the stores. The team notes the kinds of ads, the number of ads, and where they are placed. This information is needed to assess the store's compliance with city sign regulations and some of the newer federal regulations that have been in effect since the STAKE Act, which requires stores to post signs stating that they are not permitted to sell tobacco to minors. When counting the ads, those who participate in Operation Storefront for the first time become aware of how pervasive tobacco advertising is in their communities.

Two adults from SFAATFP, met five of its young advocates, and one parent, Janine Evans, that Saturday morning for a briefing on how to launch the process. Mele Smith and Alyonik Hrushrow of the San Francisco Tobacco Free Project led the briefing with slides, samples, and anecdotes of past experiences surveying stores. Malorie Brewster, Lisa Washington, and Latisha Canady of the Alice Griffith Boys & Girls Club, and Ashley Martin and Dominique Currington of the Hunter's Point Boys & Girls Club, learned how to spot tobacco ads in unexpected places and how to approach and speak to merchants. Everyone practiced, ate pizza, and hit the roads!

Advocate of the Month:
Malorie Brewster

The San Francisco African American Tobacco Free Project is proud to honor Malorie Brewster as our Advocate of the Month. In her essay, Malorie wrote, "There are a lot of people in our community that smoke so I think that if we fight more tobacco advertising in the community, more people will stop smoking or try to stop." Malorie is a fifteen year old student at Balboa High School, and a member of the Alice Griffith Boys & Girls Club. She likes basketball and baseball. Malorie has participated in the SFAATFP essay contest and has also helped the SFAATFP conduct merchant surveys.

The Month of May

May will be an active month for anti-tobacco advocates. Mark these days on your calendars:

  • Thursday, May 15th from 4:30 pm- 6:30 pm, the SFAATFP will hold another Internet class. Participants will learn to surf the 'Net and receive $ 10.00 stipends.
  • The SFAATFP hopes that many of our advocates will attend a Town Hall Meeting on the Global Impact of Tobacco on Monday, May 19th from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm at the Fort Mason Center. We are excited to host a representative from MAT, the Anti-Tobacco Movement in Senegal, West Africa.
  • On Saturday, May 31st the SFAATFP will attend the Youth Empowerment Conference at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium.
  • For further details, call Lisa Manning at (415) 777-3229.
  • Six Cyberspace Cadets

    On Friday, April 18, 1997, six young people blasted into cyberspace from the SFAATFP home base here in the China Basin. The six youth who attended the Internet class: Cassie Clark, Pamela Hancock, and Goldy Raybon of the Ella Hill Hutch Community Center, and Bayush Ambachew, Nakilah Manning, and Alecia Spikes of the San Francisco African American Cultural and Historical Society, created their own Web site with the help of Polaris' tech guru, Robert Schonberg.

    The afternoon opened up with a little background about the SFAATFP. The youth watched a videotaped interview of Carol McGruder, Project Director of the SFAATFP, and Gilbert Cook, a young advocate. The video familiarized them with the project and what it means to be an advocate. At their Web site, they scanned in their pictures and some hobbies and why they were interested in being advocates for the San Francisco African American Tobacco Free Project. Once their Web site was set up, Robert Schonberg showed them how to surf the 'Net. The youth learned what a varied resource the Internet can be. Among other topics, they searched for the meanings of their names, updates on celebrities, and the lyrics to their favorite songs. You can visit their new Web site!