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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 04: A man holds a cigarette on May 04, 2016 in Sydney, New South Wales. The Australian Government yesterday announced in their budget four annual 12.5 per cent increases to tobacco excise and excise equivalent customs duties which will significantly push up the over-the counter price up to AUD$40 by 2020. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Listen, I will be the first to tell you that I hate cigarettes. I hate the smell, how your body is affected, all of it. I just hate it. This new initative is all about helping individuals become tobacco free as well as a tobacco free culture.

McLeod Disease Center was the first to join the initiative by having a tobacco free environment. A lot of times individuals dealing with substance abuse smoke tobacco and this could be a great initiative to help them on their road to recovery.

I would love to see Mecklenburg County be tobacco free. How about you?