BISMARCK, N.D. - Seven schools were at the Bismarck Tobacco Prevention Youth Summit this afternoon.
Students learned about the latest tobacco-free policy initiatives and then broke into groups to explore ways to advocate tobacco-prevention. The kids created picture frames, banners, and drew statistics on the sidewalk at 6th and Broadway. Students were surprised to hear that 1,000 North Dakotans die from tobacco use every year.
“I really didn't realize how big of a problem it was, I kind of just thought I mean they'll probably just die when they're older. I didn't realize it really affects people,” said Victoria Windsor, St. Mary’s Central High School senior.
The students left feeling more educated and agreed that if more people knew about the dangers of tobacco products, they would steer away from using them.