Peninsula teens fighting tobacco use plan display

Youth from the Peninsula Smokefree Partnership's Teens Against Tobacco Use (TATU) leadership group are joining with thousands of others across the nation as part of Kick Butts Day, a nationwide initiative that makes kids leaders in the effort to stop youth tobacco use.

Young advocates in the area take part in a variety of activities to protect youth from tobacco, including working with elected officials to develop policies that reduce youth tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke and educating their peers about tobacco companies' deceptive marketing practices, according to a press release.

As part of the 2012 Kick Butts Day celebration, TATU teens representing area high schools have planned a human billboard with tobacco-free messaging, which can be seen between 4 and 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 21 at major intersections in Kenai and Soldotna.

"The tobacco companies make smoking look cool in their ads, but that's nothing but a lie," said Cortney Weston, a Soldotna High School TATU teen in the release. "There's nothing cool about bad breath, smelly clothes and tobacco-stained teeth."

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