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Middle and High School Students Attend Connecticut Tobacco Free Youth Summit

November 18th, 2019


Middle and High School Students Attend Connecticut Tobacco Free Youth Summit

Lt. Brian Yerzak of Shelton Police Department; State Representative Christopher Rosario, Jessica Silva, HOSA State Co-Event Coordinator; Devin Mathis, Chief Development Officer of CATCH; and Abby Peklo, Director of Student & Community Programs at EdAdvance attend the 2019 Connecticut Tobacco Free Youth Leadership Summit.

Two hundred middle and high school students attended the Connecticut Tobacco Free Youth Leadership Summit at Naugatuck Valley Community College on Friday, November 1, 2019. This event was organized by EdAdvance’s Students 4 Tobacco-Free Communities in collaboration with HOSA-Future Health Professionals, Charlotte Hungerford Hospital, and the Connecticut State Department of Public Health. EdAdvance’s Tobacco Free Communities programs are supported by grants from the CT Department of Public Health.

Students with an 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. Workshops focused on the dangers of vaping and flavored tobacco products and ways to impact in their communities by becoming effective advocates against tobacco use.

The day opened with a keynote address from Devin Mathis, Chief Development Officer of CATCH (Coordinated Approach To Child Health) in CT.  State Representative Christopher Rosario spoke to students about legislative priorities related to access to tobacco products, companies marketing to appeal to youth, and the impact students can have by continuing to advocate to their local and state legislators.

For more information about EdAdvance’s Students 4 Tobacco-Free Communities, contact Abby Peklo, Director of Student & Community Programs at peklo@edadvance.org or 860.567.0863 x1166.

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