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Region’s teens fire up over secondhand smoke, May 31

“Untold II” youth summit at Swinomish Tribal Community Center, LaConner

SNOHOMISH COUNTY---Students from five counties will learn the dirty truth about secondhand smoke at an all-day summit May 31. “Untold II: The reality behind secondhand smoke” will be held at Swinomish Tribal Community Center, LaConner.

Up to 200 middle- and high-school students from Snohomish, Skagit, Whatcom, Island and San Juan counties including area tribes will meet from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. for free workshops and activities. All food and supplies will be provided free to summit participants.

“The students will create media messages to share what they have learned at the summit, and then they will bring that knowledge back to their schools, communities, and tribes, said Lyndie Case, summit committee member and Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist for ESD 189 in Mount Vernon. “By mobilizing the youth in our five-county region, each community will receive a consistent message about the dangers of secondhand smoke,” she said.

Keynote speaker is Jim Harrington, health educator in tobacco prevention at the Marquette County Health Department in Michigan. In 1997 Harrington developed a youth-led coalition to encourage and recognize smoke-free environments in his county. He also led a successful “clean indoor” campaign, making Marquette the first city in Michigan with a 100 percent smoke-free workplace and public place ordinance.

The summit is hosted by the Swinomish Tribal Community. Summit sponsors and organizers include Snohomish Health District, Affiliated Health Services, American Cancer Society, American Lung Association of Washington, Island County Health Department, Lummi Indian Business Council, Northwest Educational Service District 189, San Juan County Health Department, Swinomish Tribal Community, Upper Skagit Indian Tribes, and Whatcom County Health and Human Services.

For more information, contact Eloise Gray at 425.339.8657.

Established in 1959, the Snohomish Health District works for a safer and healthier community through disease prevention, health promotion, and protection from environmental threats. Find more information about the Health District at www.snohd.org.

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  • Every year 6,000 children in the United States die from exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke. (Source: Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, Vol. 151, July 1997, pp. 648-653 "Tobacco and Children: An Economic Evaluation of the Medical Effects of Parental Smoking", by C. Andrew Aligne, MD and Jeffrey J. Stoddard, MD)
  • Every year 53,000 non-smokers die from exposure to secondhand smoke in the United States. (Source: Washington State Department of Health)
  • Smoking is the single most preventable cause of death. (Source: Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids)
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