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Senator Blumenthal Joins Students for Connecticut Tobacco Free Youth Leadership Summit

January 9th, 2019


 

Senator Blumenthal Joins Students for Connecticut Tobacco Free Youth Leadership Summit

Tobacco Free Communities student leaders greet Senator Richard Blumenthal with Dr. Jeffrey Kitching, Executive Director of EdAdvance and Abby Peklo, Director of Student & Community Programs at EdAdvance.

Over 200 middle and high school students attended the Connecticut Tobacco Free Youth Leadership Summit at Naugatuck Valley Community College on Friday, January 4, 2019. This event was organized by EdAdvance’s NW CT Tobacco Free Communities and Western CT Alliance for Tobacco Free Communities Programs in collaboration with HOSA-Future Health Professionals, Charlotte Hungerford Hospital, Knowledgeable Empowered Youth Succeed (Keys), and the Connecticut Department of Public Health. EdAdvance’s Tobacco Free Communities programs are supported by grants from the CT Department of Public Health.

The organizers and student leaders were honored to have United States Senator Richard Blumenthal attend the Summit and provide his support for the innovative student-directed tobacco free living community initiatives underway in Connecticut. Senator Blumenthal highlighted his long standing efforts to hold tobacco companies accountable. “No cause has been more important to me than fighting the surge of tobacco in this country,” he stated before speaking on the implications of tobacco use and tobacco companies continuous efforts to market products to youth across the country.

Students with interest in promoting tobacco free policies in their communities were invited to participate in the Summit and to lead interactive workshops and group activities throughout the day. One of these workshops, “Apple Juul Juice and Cotton Candy E-Liquid - Fun Flavors Designed to Cause Addiction in Teens” challenged students to think critically about the appeal that flavors like apple and cotton candy might have on adolescents. Students were also able to showcase their knowledge of tobacco products in sessions like “Producing a PSA” led by Broadview Middle School students and Danbury High School students’ presentation on “Harmful Effects of Vaping”.

HOSA members present Senator Blumenthal with a Certificate of Appreciation.

For more information about EdAdvance’s Tobacco Free Communities Programs in northwest and western CT, contact Abby Peklo, Director of Student & Community Programs at peklo@edadvance.org or 860.567.0863 x166.

 

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