Members of the 27th Street Drug Free Communities (DFC) FACT group, part of Wisconsin’s youth-led tobacco prevention movement, participated in a Family Carnival on the Near West Side of Milwaukee recently. There, the group used a model of a lung to demonstrate to other youth at the carnival the damage that smoking can do to your lungs.
“We also asked people whether they had family member or friends who smoked Newport cigarettes,” said FACT member Unique Smith.
According to Smith, Newports and other menthol cigarettes are easier to start and harder to quit and are the most popular tobacco product in communities of color.
The Carnival, held at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, is one of many projects the 27th Street DFC FACT group has kept busy with this summer, including a “Billboard Campaign.”
“We’re enjoying being able to help out the community by spreading awareness on tobacco and other dangerous substances,” Smith said.
To join or learn more about FACT, visit Factmovement.org.