MT Teens Fight Tobacco

reACT is Montana’s teen-led movement against Big Tobacco. The teens in reACT work to educate others about the dangers of tobacco and take a stand against a leading preventable cause of death—tobacco use.

 reACT teens from all corners of Montana are joining together on March 8, 2011 for Celebration on the Hill (COTH) at the State Capitol in Helena. COTH presents an opportunity for Montana teenagers to speak with local decision makers about their wishes and concerns and to also learn more about the legislative process.

 One of the main events at this year’s COTH is the culmination of the “1400 Souls” campaign. For the last few months, Tobacco Use Prevention Programs from around the state have been working to collect 1,400 pairs of shoes, each representing a life lost to tobacco-related illness this year in Montana.  reACT members hope that this visually impacting display, which will be placed in front of the Capitol, will help our policy makers and others realize that tobacco use is a serious issue in our state.

 Everyone, not only reACT members, is invited to participate in Celebration on the Hill. Visit www.reactmt.com for more information or to register.

 Even if you cannot attend COTH, you can still help this cause. New or gently used shoes for “1,400 Souls” can be donated to the local Tobacco Use Prevention Program at City-County Health Department. After the event, these shoes will be donated to another worthy cause—Soles4Souls. For more information, or to donate, visit CCHD’s Tobacco Use Prevention Program or call Teddy Nault, Tobacco Use Prevention Specialist at 452-0881 x307.