Teen Activist

Youth Teaching Youth

September 27, 2023

Hi, Natiya Ellison is my name. I am sixteen years old. I attend Southeast High School. Blue is my favorite color. I enjoy playing basketball and running track. I've been in the YAHL program for two years. My freshman year, I joined. Beverly was my school's YFO, strongly encouraged me to join, and I was eager to do so. She really inspired contemplation on influencing Oklahoma youth.

But enough about me; I want to speak with you about CounterAct Tobacco. CounterAct Tobacco tries to discourage young people from using tobacco at young ages because youth are the most targeted by those selling tobacco products, which is making our students weaker in a way. Tobacco causes diabetes, heart and cancer problems. CounterAct Tobacco targets youth to reduce tobacco use and promote healthier lifestyles for every child. They strive to enlist other young people to help prevent kids from consuming tobacco in the future. 

CounterAct Tobacco is held at both school and non-school events. The majority of events take place at school. For example, in cafeterias, sports games, assemblies, elderly homes, and middle schools. There will be many more upcoming events in the near future. 

I believe students should participate because it is an opportunity for them to learn more about the causes and effects of tobacco usage. They can teach other youth about it and try to discourage them from using tobacco as well.

By Natiya Ellison, YAHL Leadership Team Member from Southeast High School

Supported by YAHL, a program of TSET.
Funded in whole or in part by the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET)

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