BHS Peer Leaders awarded tobacco grant

STUDENT ACTIVISM

Brookline youth selected to receive grant to fight big tobacco

December 14, 2012 – The Brookline High School Peer Leaders have been awarded a $2,000 grant from The 84 Movement to work on an initiative to educate the community about the dangers of tobacco and reduce the influence of Big Tobacco in their neighborhoods.

Brookline High School Peer Leaders are part of The 84 Movement which helps mobilize youth to take action to protect their communities from the influence of the tobacco industry. The grant is one of fourteen awarded to youth groups from across the Commonwealth who are committed to fighting Big Tobacco in their neighborhoods and schools.

“Smoking is the number one preventable cause of disease and death in Massachusetts and in the world today, and we want our young people to realize that they have the power and the creativity to help prevent a new generation of people from becoming addicted to tobacco,” said Mary Minott, Coordinator at the Brookline Health Department/Brookline High School.

The 84 Movement is funded by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Program and is managed by Health Resources in Action.

For more information on the work being done to combat Big Tobacco around the State visit www.makesmokinghistory.org and www.The84.org.

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