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No Limits, Nebraska’s youth-led tobacco prevention movement, is now accepting applications for the No Limits Summer Summit, May 30–31 at Divots Conference Center in Norfolk. This event is open to Youth ages 12–18, in grades 7–12. It is being held to replace last year’s Fall Summit due to winter storms that prevented Northeast Nebraska youth from attending. Content of the Summer Summit will be identical to the Fall Summit and will explore how the tobacco industry targets young people and what they can do to counter it. The event’s theme, “Same ol’ dog. Same ol’ tricks.,” focuses on Big Tobacco’s persistent use of manipulative tactics to recruit teens to become new customers.
Summit participants will learn how the tobacco industry uses colorful packaging and candy flavors to market products such as cigarillos and smokeless tobacco to youth. Other sessions will examine misconceptions about the potential dangers posed by electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) and efforts by tobacco companies to target minority populations.
No Limits youth board member Brooklyn Larimore is one of several No Limits leaders who have earned national recognition for their work fighting Big Tobacco. “As youth, we can make a difference,” said Larimore. “The Summer Summit prepares teens to take steps in their own communities to change attitudes about tobacco.”
The No Limits Summer Summit is free and includes transportation to Divots Conference Center. Youth can attend as an individual or as a member of a group. A group sponsor is encouraged but not required. Space is limited and applications will be evaluated on a competitive basis. Applications must be submitted by May 3, 2017. More information and application forms are available at NoLimitsNebraska.com or by contacting Molly Kincaid, No Limits program coordinator, at 866-FYI-TEEN (866-394-8336) or info@NoLimitsNebraska.com.