Washington State's New Youth Tobacco Prevention Board to Meet With Adult Counterparts
The Tobacco Prevention and Control Council continues to move forward in developing a statewide plan to reduce smoking and other tobacco use in Washington.
The advisory council to the state Department of Health meets Thursday at the SeaTac Radisson Hotel.
The tobacco council will hear directly from three members of the youth tobacco prevention board, created last week at Washington's first Youth Tobacco Summit. Youth from across the state met in Yakima to develop a public awareness campaign called SOUL or Saving Ourselves From Unfiltered Lies. The eight-member board hopes to lead Washington's efforts to prevent youth smoking.
``We're 150 strong and growing, and we're united in our goal to build the best statewide movement to prevent youth tobacco use,'' said Shannon Brewer, the only teen who sits on the 16-member Tobacco Prevention and Control Council. ``We're incredibly enthusiastic and prepared to fight the industry -- we're ready to take on Big Tobacco.
``In order to get youth to not smoke or stop smoking, they need to hear anti-smoking messages from credible sources -- their peers,'' Brewer said. ``The youth board members want to convey this idea to the tobacco council; they want a role in building our state's tobacco prevention plan.''
The council is advising the Department of Health on the types of community, school-based, public education and smoking cessation activities that should be included in a statewide tobacco prevention plan.
Note to Editors: The Thursday, Oct. 14 tobacco council meeting will be held 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Radisson Hotel 17001 Pacific Highway South, SeaTac. The meeting is open to the public. Please see the attached agenda.