Local teens head to youth tobacco conference


ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. - Twenty-two teenagers from our area are heading to Knoxville to learn more about the dangers of tobacco use. Carter County Drug Prevention is taking them to the TN Strong conference on August 12.

"480,000 people die a year from tobacco products, from the sicknesses from them," 14-year-old Reece Townsend said. He doesn't want kids to replace those tobacco users. "We're teaching kids to not be one of those replacements. Be something else."

This will be Townsend's second year attending.

At the event, teens will learn how to advocate against drug use with local legislators and the public.

Reece created a fidget spinner trivia game to teach kids about tobacco dangers. Teens interested in attending the conference can contact Carter County Drug Prevention on Facebook.