Tahoe students to learn about dangers of tobacco use | SierraSun.com

Tahoe students to learn about dangers of tobacco use

The dangerous health impacts of tobacco are too numerous to list here.
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INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — 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. As such, our Incline High School leadership students have been diligently working with Lisa Sheretz, American Heart Association with ANCHOR Partnerships Program, expanding smoke free environments where people work, learn, live and play in Incline Village.

Working in partnership with the American Lung Association, the TATU program is sponsored by a grant from the Washoe County Health District.

The IHS leadership students have been training with Lisa since last November educating themselves on the dangers and health risks associated with tobacco usage in preparation for their presentation to the Incline Middle School students on Thursday, March 24.

The program conducted during the P.E. classes, will reach all of the 200 middle school students. Incline Elementary School fifth-graders will also be receiving this information on March 24 at Incline Elementary School. Research indicates that peer pressure and initial experimentation with tobacco starts as early as the age of 10 years of age.

One of many education programs the Fire District conducts in the schools throughout the year, this program offers invaluable information for the middle and elementary school students to take home and share with their families.

“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” said Lisa Sheretz, American Heart Association ANCHOR Partnerships Program.

For more information on the TATU program, please visit http://www.lung.org.

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

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