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Learning to Use Your Voice

Posted by Sarah Ryan on 05 April 2019

Have you ever felt like you didn’t have what it takes to make a real difference? Did you feel like there’s a certain type of person meant to make change, and you just weren’t it? If you have, I understand completely. I’ve always been an anxious person and, for the longest time, I felt too shy and too small to speak up. Speaking publicly my face would flush, my hands would tremble, and I’d stumble over every word. I didn’t think that anyone would take me seriously.

Not a Lab Rat

Posted by Sachit Gali on 05 April 2019

The youth of today are not lab rats. We are artists, athletes, comedians, singers, chefs —anything but subjects for the tobacco industry to experiment their products on. Florida Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) spread this message through our Not a Lab Rat campaign, which encourages Florida youth to stand up to the e-cigarette industry and reject a lifetime of addiction to nicotine.

Raising the Age in Washington

Posted by Madison Langer on 05 April 2019

When I was 15 years old, I was offered a Captain Crunch flavored e-cigarette by my best friend, a varsity athlete. It was nothing like a traditional cigarette — it was beautifully chrome colored and smelled amazing. I didn’t know about the risk and dangers of nicotine addiction, so I began frequently using vapor products. I joined a large amount of high schoolers who would leave classes to vape in the bathrooms which became such an issue that our school removed the bathroom doors.

Taking a Stand in Texas

Posted by Kellen Kruk on 05 April 2019

In Texas, the toll of tobacco is a steep and deadly price. 7.4 percent of high school students smoke and 65,000 kids try smoking for the first time each year. Tobacco costs the state $8.8 billion in health care bills and 498,000 Texas kids alive today will ultimately die prematurely from smoking if smoking rates prevail.

Texas 21 Youth Ambassadors are taking a stand to put an end to that toll in Texas by advocating for the tobacco age to be raised to 21.