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Students, locals raising awareness of tobacco dangers

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Teens Against Tobacco Use (TATU) is a program that allows students ages 14-17 to mentor younger students about the dangers of smoking.

Research shows that teens enjoy opportunities to positively influence. As such, Incline High School leadership students have been diligently working with Lisa Sheretz, American Lung Association and Healthy Living Incline Village, to peer teach Incline Middle School students about the dangers and health risks associated with tobacco usage.

This year, Incline Elementary School fifth-grade students will also be attending the presentation, as research indicates peer pressure and initial experimentation with tobacco starts as early as age 10.

The program will take place on Thursday, March 27, in the middle school gymnasium during the regular bell schedule from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The program, conducted during PE classes, will reach all 206 middle school students.

"The educational piece these kids take away from this program is about making right choices, not caving in to peer pressure and above all, being properly informed about the health risks that tobacco usage poses," Sheretz said.

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The North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District, American Lung Association and Healthy Living Incline Village have been working on this program since last November.

One of many education programs the fire district conducts in the schools throughout the year, this collaborative effort offers invaluable information for students to take home and share with their families.

For more information on the TATU program, visit http://www.lung.org/associations/states/nevada/local-offices/reno/.