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Lancaster General Health and The Factory Ministries are partnering to offer student-focused training to help area kids stay tobacco and nicotine free.

The program, sponsored by The Tobacco Resistance Unit (TRU), happens at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 30 at the Factory Ministry’s Together Community Center in Paradise, 3293 Lincoln Highway East.

Held as part of the national Kick Butts Day, a day of activism organized by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, the TRU training is designed to help youth ages 12 to 18 stay tobacco- and nicotine- free and will:

  • Educate on the impact of tobacco use;

  • Promote campaigns such as “It’s Not Just Water,” to dispel myths surrounding “Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) or “vaping;”

  • Foster youth leadership and activism; and

  • Expose and counter tobacco industry efforts to market products including ENDS to youth.

Kick Butts Day began in 1996 as a way to encourage youth to stand out, speak up and seize control against the powerful tobacco industry and is part of a larger initiative to raise awareness for youth leaders and health advocates regarding tobacco use in their communities.
LG Health is also a member of the Lancaster-based anti-tobacco coalition, Tobacco Free Coalition of Lancaster County, whose goals are to prevent young people from using tobacco and nicotine, provide resources for people to quit tobacco and eliminate tobacco smoke pollution.

For more information or to schedule a TRU training for your youth group, contact Mary LeVasseur at 717-544-3269.

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