Reality Check groups of Western New York recently came together at Beaver Hollow in honor of World No Tobacco Day on May 31.
The focus of World No Tobacco Day was to increase awareness on the negative impact that tobacco has on lung health.
Group activities and workshops prepared youth advocates to stand up to the tobacco industry and play a role in creating change in their local communities by educating elected officials and working with key community leaders to address the problem of youth smoking and its causes.
Teens at the Youth Retreat took part in group activities, helping them plan community events throughout 2019.
“In New York State, the average age of a new smoker is just 13, so we still have a lot of work to do. After coming to Youth Retreat, I know we have the power to make our vision of a tobacco-free generation a reality,” said Max Serling of Pittsford Mendon Reality Check.
Reality Check members of Pittsford Mendon and Eastridge High School, among other Reality Check groups in New York State, participated in a weekend including work on tobacco control issues, hiking, fishing and playing basketball and other various outdoor activities.
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