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200-plus Incline youth learning the dangers of smoking

Special to the Bonanza

Teens Against Tobacco Use 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 their peers.

As such, our Incline High School leadership students have been diligently working with Lisa Sheretz, American Lung Association and Healthy Living Incline Village, to peer teach our Incline Middle School students about the dangers and health risks associated with tobacco usage.

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

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

The program will take place Thursday, March 26, in the middle school gymnasium during the regular bell schedule from 7:50 a.m. to 2:25 p.m.

The program, conducted during P.E. classes, will reach all of the 222 middle school students. IES fifth-graders will be in attendance as well.

The North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District, American Lung Association and Healthy Living Incline Village have been working on this program since last October in preparation for this week’s program.

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

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

This article was submitted to the Bonanza by the North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District. Visit nltfpd.net to learn more.