Workshops Teach Students Importance of Tobacco-Free Lifestyle

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The national teen smoking rate is 16 percent, but in North Dakota it's closer to 19 percent.

Bismarck students were learning Wednesday why smoking is bad for their health.

They took part in a number of workshops and activities.

They learned about the push for smoke-free parks so they can have fun outside in smoke-free environments.

"It's a really important event because we're here giving everyone the tools to go out in their communities and teach their peers, teach community members on how to have tobacco free lifestyles," said Jordyn Schaefbauer, Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health.

Smokeless tobacco use among North Dakota teens is about 5 percent higher than the national average of 9 percent.