Cozad High STAND Students Attend No Limits Summit In Ashland
Teens from approximately a dozen Nebraska communities gathered in Ashland for hands-on training in anti-tobacco tactics at the No Limits Fall Summit Dec. 10–11 at the Carol Joy Holling Youth Camp. No Limits is Nebraska’s youth-led anti-tobacco movement for young people in grades 7–12. Summit sessions educate teens about ways tobacco companies target young people to become new customers. No Limits Youth Board member Tayte Jussel of O’Neill says the event helps young people gain leadership skills and make an impact in their communities.
"The Fall Summit will help me take the fight to Big Tobacco in my own town. My plan is to do a project with Christmas lights to illustrate that 1,300 people die from tobacco-related causes in the United States every day,” said Jussel. “I will put the lights in a tree on Main Street of my town and make a poster under it that says each light bulb represents a life taken by Big Tobacco.”
Molly Kincaid, No Limits project coordinator, says the tobacco industry continues to release new products and packaging designed to appeal to youth. “We’re seeing more evidence that products like e-cigarettes can actually lead young people to smoke traditional cigarettes,” said Kincaid. “No Limits helps teens raise awareness of tobacco-related issues and help their peers resist marketing messages of Big Tobacco.”