Kids from Tri-City Area School Hear About Smoking and "Lies and Manipulation"
Pasco -- Early Friday morning, about 1-hundred Tri-Cities student leaders gathered at a Pasco hotel to hear a powerful message about tobacco dangers. Although the message was laced with humor, and even a little magic, it painted a dramatic picture of what tobacco can do to users.
James Warren, who speaks at schools nationally, talked of what he calls the 'lies and manipulation' used by big tobacco companies to make smoking seem acceptable to teenagers. He noted that many of the firms create their marketing strategies to appeal to kids as young as four years old. He said by the time those children are teenagers, they have become inured to the dangers of smoking, and attracted to it's appeal.
Warren also included pertinent facts about the chemicals used in tobacco, and offered up photographs of healthy organs and those damaged by smoking. Other pictures demonstrated the danger of chewing tobacco. One student called what he saw 'grotesque.'
Warren, who at one time was a magician and an illusionist, brought a few tricks along with him for the keynote speech, and his interaction during that time with one of the student leaders was a priceless and hysterical punctuation to the entire talk.
The kids also attended break-out sessions in order to become educated about how to speak with their communities about the dangers of smoking, and also how to create meaningful presentations for fellow students.