Members of the Wisconsin African American Tobacco Prevention Network (WAATPN) FACT group, part of Wisconsin’s youth-led tobacco prevention movement, recently participated in the Sankofa Health and Wellness Fair.
The fair, held at North Division High School, was presented by American Cancer Society, and featured education presentations on health and nutrition as well as other activities. FACT youth were on hand to provide information on the illegal sale of single cigarettes, also known as “loosies,” and the targeting of communities of color with menthol products.
The teens informed other youth and adults about the dangers of using tobacco, especially menthol, which tends to be inhaled deeper because of its cooling effect and also draws young smokers who become addicted to the deadly product.
The youth also conducted an activity called a “human billboard,” in which they carried signs warning others about the dangers of tobacco use. To join the youth-led tobacco prevention movement or to learn more about or join FACT, visit Factmovement.org.