Youth trying to stamp out tobacco propaganda

By Jillian Marshall

May 29, 2013 Updated May 29, 2013 at 10:30 PM EST

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Normally, the fight against tobacco use comes from adults. But on Wednesday, it was the voices of local high school students pushing their peers to not smoke.

The Reality Check club and Tobacco Free Broome and Tioga celebrated World No Tobacco Day 2013 by speaking out against advertising, sponsorship and promotion of tobacco.

Students from across the Southern Tier handed out bracelets and pens at the B-Mets game.

World No Tobacco Day is May 31, but the clubs celebrated Wednesday to incorporate the baseball game.

According to the clubs, tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of death globally, and most of the habit's marketing and advertising is directed at people younger than 18 years old.

"We're making a lot of progress in tobacco control, but we still have way too many youth that are starting to smoke. One of the most effective ways to protect them at this point, is to look at tobacco marketing in our local stores," said Sharon Fischer, Public Health Educator of the Broome County Health Department.

"I try to ignore it the best I can. Like when I walk into a gas station, there's just a huge wall behind the counter of all of these tobacco products. It's not worth the money, it's just going to harm you in the future," Vestal freshman Josh Lewis said.

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