My time in tobacco control and prevention has not been particularly long (I got my first taste while working on Tobacco Retailer Licensing in 2005), but it has been intense and fulfilling. And since I pretty much eat, live, and breathe the phase model, here’s an abbreviated breakdown of how my time in tobacco control has evolved:
PHASE 1– PRELIMINARY INVESTIGATION AND ASSESSMENT
Assessed that TRL does not stand for Total Request Live.
PHASE 2 – STRATEGY AND PLANNING
PHASE 3 – RECRUITMENT
A number of my friends and family members don’t know this yet, but I’ve recruited them to come out to vote on June 5.
PHASE 4 – THE CAMPAIGN
Sorry, this sentence has been temporarily postponed because I have to wait until after April elections to proceed.
PHASE 5 – IMPLEMENTATION & EVALUATION
Ideally, there should be no goodbyes in the work that we do. Someone’s gotta do those post-policy stings and cigarette butt clean ups! All joking set aside, even though I am moving on, being a part of the tobacco control movement, and having collaborated with passionate organizers, policy wonks, and community members will be experiences that I will continue to draw from in my future endeavors. So this is not a goodbye, but a big thank you to you all!