Two Greendale High School students have been selected to serve a year-long term on the statewide FACT Youth Board of Directors.
Fighting Against Corporate Tobacco (FACT) is Wisconsin’s youth-driven tobacco prevention program with over 5,500 members statewide, according to a release. During their term, Brittany Schultz, a senior, and Maggie Hackl, a junior, will be creating activities that will educate other teens how they are targets of the tobacco industry.
As FACT Board Members, Schultz and Hackl will recruit new members, implement activities, and meet with their local elected officials. They will also be instrumental in the creation of a public education campaign. This campaign will expose how the tobacco industry uses colorful packaging and candy flavoring to sell their tobacco products.
“I joined FACT because I want to make a difference in my community,” Schultz said.
Since FACT began in 2001, youth like these two Greendale students have been working tirelessly to reduce tobacco’s burden on the young people of Wisconsin. Over the last 10 years, the smoking rate among Wisconsin high school youth fell 46%. However, FACT’s job isn’t over. The tobacco industry continues to market to youth. An estimated one in five Wisconsin high school students is still hooked on their deadly products. That’s a statistic FACT members are committed to reducing.
“I look forward to representing the Greendale area on this statewide board and continuing the fight against Big Tobacco,” Hackl said.
FACT is part of the Department of Health Service’s statewide tobacco prevention efforts and is locally coordinated by the Suburban Milwaukee and Ozaukee Multi-Jurisdiction Coalition. For more information on FACT, visit www.fightwithFACT.com.