The following press release was submitted to Smith County Insider by Megan Kinslow, Smith County Health Department:

CARTHAGE, Tenn. – Smith County youth recently joined approximately 300 youth across the state at the three-day TNSTRONG or Tennessee Stop Tobacco and Revolutionize Our New Generation Youth Summit held in Murfressboro on June 2-4, 2019.

Attendees heard from leading tobacco prevention experts in addition to networking with peers. The purpose of the conference was to equip youth with leadership skills to reach their peers on the dangers of tobacco use including electronic nicotine delivery systems such as Juuls. 

Over the three-day conference, the chaperones and youth had the privilege to hear nationally acclaimed groups such as Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, TRUTH Initiative and Dover Youth from New Hampshire. The attendees also heard from Tennessee Tobacco Use Prevention Experts on policy change and project based learning.

In 2016, the first youth summit was held in Tennessee. At this conference, TNSTRONG was created. Youth developed the acronym for Tennessee Stop Tobacco and Revolutionize Our New Generation. The mission of TNSTRONG is to inspire and prepare Tennessee students to create a tobacco-free tomorrow. 

For more information on TNSTRONG, please contact Megan Kinslow, Health Educator, at 615-735-0242 or Megan.Kinslow@tn.gov.