THS students view tobacco, unfiltered

Students to advocate tobacco free buildings, grounds, parks
Apr. 06, 2013 @ 06:45 AM

Honk if you are against tobacco is the April theme of the Thomasville High School TRU Club. Tobacco Reality Unfiltered (TRU) has 30 members.
Sabreen Mutawally serves as the adviser.
"Thomasville High School TRU groups will be working on tobacco free buildings, grounds and parks in the upcoming year," said Anna Martin, youth tobacco prevention coordinator with the Appalachian District Health Department, which oversees a 11 county regional program. "Thomasville High TRU club will be doing a campaign within the next month called 'Honk if you are Against Tobacco.'  Students will be out in the community encouraging motorists to honk as a means to increase community awareness."
Martin organized a joint training session held March 23 at Thomasville High School with Forsyth County's TRU Club through Youth Empowered Solutions (YES!).
"YES! is a nonprofit that empowers youth, in partnership with adults, to create community change," Martin said.  "Youth from both groups left with a better understanding of how to impact their community.
In addition to the "Honk" campaign, Thomasville's TRU group will advocate for tobacco free buildings, grounds and parks in the upcoming year.  The TRU Club also will conduct cigarette butt pickups around the school.
Both TRU clubs will analyze results and present the results and evidence-based tobacco prevention strategies to the Board of Health.  Thomasville High TRU will present to Davidson County Board of Health.
The Forsyth County group, led by Lindsey Whisnant, conducted a cigarette butt pickup at Hanes Park and collected more than 400 butts in less than an hour, Martin added. Their NC Quitline ad will show at The Grand 18 Theater in Winston-Salem for seven weeks.
For help to stop smoking, call 1-800-QUIT-NOW.