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BHS Students Named Advocates of the Year in Washington D.C.

Incredibly inspired by the work of the Sumner County TNSTRONG Ambassadors, recently recognized as the 2022 Group Youth Advocates of the Year in Washington D.C. Join us, in congratulating Beech High School students, Nahzah Blair, Hadley Brown, Niya Angelova, and Ella Paligo. During their freshman year of high school, they started a tobacco prevention group to educate their classmates about the dangers of vaping and now serve as state representatives for the Tennessee Stop Tobacco and Revolutionize Our New Generation (TNSTRONG) Ambassador Program.

Constantly looking for new ways to connect with fellow students to promote tobacco prevention, they created their “Be a Hero, Drop Vaping to Zero” campaign and convinced 700 of their peers – as well as U.S. Senator Marsha Blackburn and other elected officials – to pledge to remain vape-free. In addition to their community work, they presented a universal substance abuse policy – with a focus on vaping – to the Sumner County Board of Education, which adopted the policy, and convinced the Governor to declare March as Anti-Vaping Month. As a result of their relentless efforts, they gained the sponsorship of America’s largest health insurer, United Healthcare, and their local Sumner Prevention Coalition.

“We are thrilled to honor the Sumner County TNSTRONG Ambassadors as our Group Youth Advocates of the Year,” said Matthew L. Myers, President of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. “The TNSTRONG Ambassadors are making a difference in the fight for healthier, more equitable communities. They are proof that a group of young people can come together and stand up to the tobacco industry while inspiring their peers to be tobacco-free and encouraging elected officials to take action.”

Every year, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids honors a National Youth Advocate of the Year, four Individual Youth Advocates of the Year, and Group Youth Advocates of the Year. The winners receive scholarships to continue their tobacco prevention efforts and serve as youth ambassadors for the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.

Additional information about the youth award winners can be found at tfk.org/awards and more resources and information about tobacco can be found at www.tobaccofreekids.org.

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