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Boys, Girls Club to debut short film Thursday

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Tobacco-Free 4 Health, a component of PartnerSHIP 4 Health (PS4H), will debut a video on Thursday at 11:30 a.m. in the Historic Holmes Theatre in Detroit Lakes where the public is welcomed.

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This film was created by youth from the Boys & Girls Club of Detroit Lakes and Perham as a result of learning about the dangers of tobacco use and exposure during a recent Tobacco-Free 4 Health Youth Leadership Camp.

During the camp youth learned: how they are a being targeted through the ease of product access, advertising locations and exotic flavorings that children are more prone to enjoy then adults.

“The tobacco industry spends $1 million per hour to promote products in the retail environment, they are working hard to recruit replacement smokers,” states Keely Ihry, Tobacco Prevention coordinator for PartnerSHIP 4 Health.

Emerging tobacco products are starting to more closely resemble candy like flavors and colors. When little cigars and cigarillos are in candy like flavors, attractive packaging and set at cheaper prices, these all help to attract youth to these products.

“We know that 90 percent of smokers start smoking before the age of 18 and 99 percent start before the age of 26, so if we can work to decrease youth access to tobacco, we can start seeing an overall decrease in smoking rates.”

During the event on August 14th youth will show a short film that they made titled, “Stop Targeting Us.”

In this video, each of the youth came up with a quote about not wanting to be targeted by the tobacco industry, and in the end one big quote made by all youth is shown. The youth will also highlight other projects they have been involved with at the Boys and Girls Club over the summer, like a bleach project for the Humane Society.

PS4H has been actively collaborating with human service organizations like the Boys and Girls Club of Detroit Lakes and Perham to achieve optimal health for those they serve.

Tobacco-Free 4 Health is tobacco prevention coalition in Becker, Clay, Otter Tail and Wilkin Counties.

The funding for this project is through a ClearWay MN local tobacco policy grant working to reduce tobacco’s harm in Minnesota.

PartnerSHIP 4 Health is the Minnesota Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) that strives to help Minnesotans lead longer, healthier lives by preventing the chronic disease risk factors of tobacco use and exposure, poor nutrition, and physical inactivity.

For more information about the video debut or how you can become more involved with Tobacco-Free 4 Health contact Keely Ihry at 218-299-7180 or keely.ihry@co.clay.mn.us.

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