Category Archives: Tobacco-Free Youth Group

Spit Out Tobacco, for the Last Time

By Tessa Willie | To help you quit using tobacco, contact Quitline. You may be eligible for eight weeks of FREE nicotine gum, patch, or lozenge. Quitting has benefits, no matter how long you have been using. Quitline Iowa wants … Continue reading

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KICK the Habit on Kick Butts Day March 19

By Tessa Willie | The Crestwood HEROES (Helping Explain the Risk of Every Substance), along with other area youth Substance Abuse Prevention groups, encourage you to kick your smoking habit. March 19 is nationally recognized as Kick Butts Day. Riley … Continue reading

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Through With Chew Week 2014 Is February 16-22

By Tessa Willie | In 2012, 80% of male high school students in Iowa chose not to use smokeless tobacco. In 2005 this number was 72%, meaning more and more students are choosing not to chew. To encourage all students … Continue reading

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Youth Set the Example for Giving Back

“I volunteer with MVTEL because I want people to be aware of different ways to have fun without using cigarettes, tobacco, and alcohol. I want to make a difference and show teens the effects of drugs and how it can … Continue reading

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Build your resume and prevent tobacco use at your school

By Julie Larson | School is back in session!  Along with a new school year come new opportunities to participate in organizations and activities.  This year watch for your schools tobacco group in action. These social activists are striving to … Continue reading

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What does a youth tobacco leadership training look like?

If you’re interested in learning or being part of tobacco prevention at your high school, contact Tessa,  563-387-1720,  tschwake@helpingservices.org or Julie, 563-380-8426, jlarson@helpingservices.org. Being part of a Youth Prevention Group is a great way to: Build new friendships Gain unique leadership skills Collect … Continue reading

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Summer Summit for Youth Preventing Tobacco Use

Adapted by Tessa Schwake from IDPH | Youth from all over Iowa will gather in Ankeny June 12 for the second annual I-STEP (Iowa Students for Tobacco Education and Prevention) Summit. I-STEP is Iowa’s youth-led tobacco prevention movement. I-STEP is … Continue reading

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Tobacco Prevention, Everyone’s Doing It

By Tessa Schwake | Tobacco prevention happens on a local, national, and global level. From Youth Leadership Day to World No Tobacco Day, everyone can bring an end to tobacco use.

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High Schoolers are “Threw with Chew”

By Geri Buelow On Wednesday, February 21, 2013, area high school Youth Tobacco Prevention groups from all over Delaware County let their peers know that smokeless tobacco kills.   Youth Tobacco Prevention is a youth-led, anti-tobacco group,  that has chapters at West … Continue reading

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Local Youth Got the Truth Out About Tobacco

Everyday in the US, 1200 people die  from tobacco use and many are effected by secondhand smoke. The local youth tobacco groups want to bring that number to zero.  So they worked hard to host events in their schools to get … Continue reading

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