Children and Tobacco: The Facts
Things You Can Do to Help Support the Movement to Get Tobacco
Out of Our Children's Hands
You don't have to be a lawmaker or a leader of a large organization to get
things started in your community. Here are a few suggestions on how you can
get started in your area:
- Support an existing tobacco control group through giving financial
contributions or volunteering your time -- or both; remember, they're fighting
an opponent -- the tobacco industry -- that has nearly unlimited resources.
- Download the fact sheets you see here, reproduce them, and distribute
them to members of your organization, put them in a newsletter, or include them
in a mailing to members and affiliates.
- Encourage your own group to join efforts with other, larger
organizations. A list of major organizations is
included on this site.
- Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper, emphasizing the
seriousness of the tobacco problem among youth.
- Encourage children and teens in your area to join the fight. Get them
to declare their local public areas, schools, playgrounds, and playing fields
and courts "smoke free." One group of teenagers in Massachusetts convinced a
local mall to become smokefree. A group of 7th grade girls in the same state
managed to get vending machines banned in the public places in their town of
1. Sara Rimer, "Antismoking Fight Enlists a Teen-Age Corps,"
The New York Times, August 19, 1995, p. A1.
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