Teens discuss second-hand smoking

Douglas County middle and high school students belonging to Students Taking On Prevention are educating one neighborhood at a time about the dangers of secondhand smoke.

"On Saturday, residents of Gardnerville should look for a bag on their front door accompanied by a rock painted by STOP students," said Cheryl Bricker, executive director of the Partnership of Community Resources, a nonprofit substance abuse prevention organization that manages STOP.

The following Saturday, Sept. 20, the kids will pick up the surveys in the morning if homeowners will place them under the painted rocks and leave them by their front doors. The rocks are gifts and have been stenciled with tobacco messages.

The project is funded by a grant from the Fund for a Healthy Nevada, which supports tobacco control programs aimed at prevention, cessation and secondhand smoke.

"Our STOP students are among the community's finest teens," said STOP coordinator Linda Gilkerson. "The kids decided to distribute literature house-by-house in the community to make an impact."

For more information, call 782-8611.


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