Montana Teens To Take On Tobacco Industry

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Youth from across Montana will unite for the second annual reACT! Against Corporate Tobacco teen summit.

More than 200 people are expected to participate in the four-day event. They will work to expose the marketing practices of the corporate tobacco industry, learn how to empower their peers and communities, and celebrate the successful first year of the youth advocacy organization.

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The summit will begin Sunday and continue through Wednesday. It is sponsored by the Tobacco Use Prevention Program of the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS).

Tobacco prevention advocates from across the country will join participants in a variety of activities aimed at equipping teens with the tools they need to take action against "corporate tobacco." Their ultimate goal is to protect the health of Montana youth by discouraging the use of tobacco products, such as cigarettes and spit tobacco. Session topics will include youth activism, tobacco prevention through art, media relations, and initiative building.

On Tuesday, the youth will hold an activism event during the Helena Brewers baseball game at Kindrick Field, with a variety of activities beginning at 5:30 p.m.

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