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Youth Summit Targets Teen Smokers

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Pasco, WA- If your kids won't listen to you about the dangers of smoking, maybe they'll listen to their friends.

That's the goal of the Youth Summit, where health experts teach high school students how to convince their classmates that smoking isn't all that cool.

Kelsey Jagger, a senior at Richland High School, says the program works. "It's funny because when we do activities and talk about the different facts and stuff, there are a lot of students that didn't know a lot of the facts we're teaching, and they're like, 'wow, that's kind of interesting. I think that's probably not a good idea."

Tobacco-Free Benton Franklin Counties says smoking among teenagers has dropped since it started holding this annual summit nine years ago.

The Washington State Health Department sponsors the program with funds that come from the settlement between the state and the tobacco industry.