make WWAY your homepage  Become a fan on facebook  Follow us on twitter  Receive RSS Newsfeeds  MEMBERS: Register | Login

Teens gather at NC legislature to tout reduced teen smoking rates

READ MORE:

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- More than 300 young people gathered at the
North Carolina Legislature to highlight successes in reducing teen
smoking rates while health lobbyists urged lawmakers to provide a
steady funding source again for prevention programs.

The event organized by the North Carolina Alliance for Health
brought together youth tobacco use prevention advocates statewide
to the Legislative Building on Thursday.

Legislators and health leaders praised teens for programs that
have helped reduced student smoking rates since 2003.

Health lobbyists attribute the drop to tobacco prevention
programs funded by the Health and Wellness Trust Fund, which held a
portion of North Carolina's share of the national tobacco
settlement. Lawmakers eliminated the fund, and tobacco prevention
and cessation programs received $17 million this year only. The
alliance wants the money to continue.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Disclaimer: Comments posted on this, or any story are opinions of those people posting them, and not the views or opinions of WWAY NewsChannel 3, its management or employees. You can view our comment policy here.

»

Reply

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.

More information about formatting options

To prevent automated spam submissions leave this field empty.
CAPTCHA
Please re-enter the code shown in the image below.