Partnership for a Drug-Free Community’s youth advocate group, Today’s Youth, Tomorrow’s Leaders (TYTL), is “Airing Out Big Tobacco’s Dirty Laundry” as part of the Youth Tobacco & Vaping Prevention Program’s new outreach campaign, Project: Stop T/V (Tobacco/Vaping).
TYTL teens planned a community display the “Dirty Laundry” exhibit at Big Spring Park on Saturday, March 27, 2021, however severe weather, followed by Spring Break for some area schools resulted in a delay until school is out for summer. Another community outreach day will be announced.
The three-part traveling exhibit features clothing items and posters decorated with tobacco executives’ quotes to illustrate how the companies have targeted youth with nicotine products for decades. Additional information about the dangers of vaping is also a key component of the project.
The exhibits will begin its journey to different schools and libraries throughout Huntsville, Madison and Madison County through the end of the school year.
The outreach campaign aims to change social norms about tobacco products and electronic cigarettes and devices among our youth. It will also play a role in educating the community and its leaders about the importance of expanding legislation and policies to include language requiring 100-percent no tobacco products on school campuses in their district.