Have you heard of Franklin Teens Fighting Tobacco on the announcements recently for the past few months? Here’s a fact: FTFT is run by high school and middle school students. Here’s a little bit more information.
Franklin Teens Fighting Tobacco is a part of a bigger statewide organization called FACT that is lead by teens all across Wisconsin. FACT members spread the truth about tobacco by sharing the message with our peers through FACTivisms that can be collected electronically for prizes. Prizes include: Highlighters, T-Shirts, Pens, Sharpies, Stickers, Posters, etc. To get FACTivisms, you need to be involved in activities related to FACT.
In our Franklin Teens Fighting Tobacco group, we do many activities. The high schoolers even go to the middle school to do activities during their activity nights and Lock-In. We meet once a month, usually on the first Thursday.
Some of the activities that we do as a group are:
- Sidewalk Chalk messages
- Human Billboard Signs
- Holiday related activities
- FACT Day
We even have activities for the different holidays. Recently on Saint Patrick’s Day, we had a competition for the person who wore the most green. They won a shamrock shake. For Valentine’s Day, we passed out candy (with a message of course).
Smoking is Not Glamorous:
There is nothing glamorous about seeing people smoking, whether it is in a movie, or whether it is happening in front of you.
A report released last year highlighted the fact that 60% of movies rated PG-13 between 2002 and 2014 showed smoking or other tobacco use. Similarly, the 2014 Surgeon General’s report stated that youth tobacco use could be reduced by 18% if tobacco imagery was removed from PG-13 movies. If movies do show tobacco use, they should receive an R rating to reduce kids from internalizing misconceptions about smoking.
Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of death and disease in the United States. Cigarette smoking kills more than 480,000 Americans each year, with more than 41,000 of these deaths from exposure to secondhand smoke. In addition, smoking-related illness in the United States costs more than $300 billion a year, including nearly $170 billion in direct medical care for adults and $156 billion in lost productivity.In 2014, an estimated 16.8% (40.0 million) U.S. adults were current* cigarette smokers. Of these, 76.8% (30.7 million) smoked every day, and 23.2% (9.3 million) smoked some days.
Visit www.FACTmovement.org for more information about FACT.
Want to join our group!? Look for the posters around school and listen to announcements to learn when the meetings are and just show up! We’d love to have you participate!