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Summit Teaches Teens to Take on Tobacco

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Lincoln – No Limits, Nebraska's youth-led tobacco prevention movement, is now accepting applications for the No Limits Activism Summit.

The summit will run from May 30 to June 1 in Lincoln. Youth ages 12 to 18, in grades seven through 12, are invited to take part in the activism training, which focuses on educating teens about the deceptive marketing tactics of the tobacco industry and empowers them to fight back.

"For years, the tobacco industry has focused its misleading marketing tactics on youth," said Jessi Huenink, No Limits project coordinator.

"New tobacco products, like those packaged to look like candy, are designed to create teen tobacco addicts. The No Limits Activism Summit helps youth recognize these tactics, and teaches them positive, effective ways to make a difference in their own communities," said Huenink.

This year's summit will feature two speakers from national tobacco control groups, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and Forget Tobacco. Teens will also hold activism events throughout Lincoln to raise awareness about the dangers of tobacco.

"Youth have the power to change tobacco's influence in Nebraska, and the No Limits Summit gives teens the tools to make that change," said Huenink.

The No Limits Activism Summit is free, and includes transportation to Lincoln.

Youth can attend as an individual or as a member of a group. A group sponsor is encouraged but not required.

Applications must be submitted by May 1. More information and an application form are available at NoLimitsNebraska.com, or contact Huenink at 866-FYI-TEEN (866-394-8336) or info@NoLimitsNebraska.com.

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