Teens Invited to Anti-Tobacco Summit and Rally
SEATTLE, June 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Hot on the heels of the popular anti-tobacco Internet reality show Unfiltered, Washington teens have another opportunity to help save lives by joining the fight against tobacco use. The state Department of Health is inviti
``Teenagers are a very important part of our anti-tobacco program. We need their support, their energy, and their ideas,'' said Mary Selecky, Washington state's secretary of health. ``Sixty-five kids start smoking every day in our state. This summit gives kids an opportunity make a difference and help us lower that number.''
On June 27, teens will participate in ``brain sessions'' aimed at teaching leadership and community-outreach skills. They will also meet in small groups to share their opinions on tobacco and talk about how they are fighting tobacco use in their own communities. That evening teens will attend the presentation of the ``Selecky Awards,'' which recognize anti-tobacco activists and coalitions across the state. John Keister, of Almost Live fame, will emcee the program. After the awards, the teens can take part in some fun activities like Karaoke, a Jazz Cafe, movies, games, and crafts. A raffle drawing and prize distribution complete the night.
June 28 brings more brain sessions, a barbecue, and a big anti-tobacco rally at 1 p.m. in Martin Square at Seattle Pacific University. Guests at the rally include the cast of Unfiltered and its host, Piggy Thomas, previously seen on MTV's Road Rules.
The summit is a fully chaperoned, two-day overnight event at Seattle Pacific University. Participants will stay in dorm rooms at the university free of charge. Meals will also be provided. Teens interested in attending should visit www.OutrageAvenue.com, print out the application and send it in, or contact their local health department.