CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Fewer West Virginia middle school and high school students are trying tobacco.
“We are pleased to see that our efforts are making a difference,” said Jason Nichols, Raze Teen Advisory Council President. “It is very encouraging to see statistics supporting our work to help tobacco prevention across the state. We are finding that while our results have been strong there are still students using many forms of tobacco and Raze will continue to stand up for tobacco prevention and encourage teens to rebel against tobacco use.”
As part of the Tobacco Free Day at the Capitol, public officials learned about the dangers of tobacco use and the efforts Raze Crews around the state are making in their communities. By raising awareness about the deadly toll tobacco takes on West Virginia and showing gratitude to state officials who have actively supported tobacco control and prevention in the state, Raze hopes to garner continued support for its cause.
Students unable to attend Tobacco Free Day at the Capitol were encouraged to participate in the day’s events through a virtual experience. “With the vast number of school days missed due to weather, we wanted to develop a way that all students would be able to participate in Tobacco Free Day whether at the Capitol or back in their own schools and communities,” said Nichols. Virtual Tobacco Free Day activities included an electronic scavenger hunt designed to educate students on tobacco facts and West Virginia state history, opportunity to view a live stream of the press conference, and Crews were encouraged to send letters and photographs to their legislators to share what their crews have been doing in their communities.
Established in 2001, Raze is a statewide youth tobacco prevention movement funded and facilitated by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources and the American Lung Association. Each year, thousands of West Virginian middle school and high school students help in the fight against Big Tobacco. For more information, please visit www.RazeWV.com.