To the efforts of area anti-smoking advocates to keep tobacco marketing away from young people.
As part of the national Kick Butts Day, an anti-smoking awareness effort by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, events took place at several local schools to educate teens about the dangers of smoking and the marketing strategies used by tobacco companies.
“Smoking is still a big problem,” Norwich freshman Caridad Marillo said in the release. “Kids think smoking is OK since the stores we go to all the time are filled with tobacco products and ads, but we want to change that.”
Much as we may wish to protect children from being exposed to harmful products such as tobacco, it’s inevitable that they will encounter it in one form or another. The best defense young people can have is to be armed with information, and to understand the messages that are being sent. We applaud this initiative and the continued efforts of organizations such as Reality Check.