Teens Tout Tobacco Turmoil

By: Bill Steckis Email
By: Bill Steckis Email

Teens from across Nebraska are breathing a little easier.

That comes after their message at a rally on the steps of the State Capitol in Lincoln. They took part in "Kick Butts Day." A national movement in its 18th year. It was the third year for a rally to commemorate the day in Lincoln and one of more than 2000 events throughout the country on Wednesday.

"I am doing this to inform people about tobacco issues and try to get smoking out of playgrounds and public areas," said Nic Castaneda, who made the trip to Lincoln from O'Neill High School.

Omaha Senator Jeremy Nordquist addressed the crowd of more than 100. He sponsored a Legislative Bill that would make all public school grounds smoke free.

"We know the harmful impacts on lives. We know that, especially, for young people, it hurts their bodies more than anybody else," said Nordquist.

Grand Island Senator Mike Gloor also spoke at the rally.

Sheri Crosier is a sophomore at Kearney High School who traveled to Lincoln to get her message across. "We are doing this to make people aware of what happens when tobacco companies target youth and we don't think it is fair. So we are trying to make people aware of what tobacco really does to you," said Crosier.

"You can find better role models. It shouldn't become a norm and we should do more to deter what big tobacco is doing in gas stations to target youth and across other social media sites," said Ashly Maciel, a Fillmore Central High School Sophomore.

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