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Posted 11/20/2009

Prevention of tobacco use among teens is not a casual business or fruitless endeavor. We can prevent deaths from occurring. Project Towards No Tobacco Use (Project TNT) is a prevention program in its second year of implementation in Mineral County. The program is funded with a grant from the Fund for a Healthy Nevada.

Kellie Zuniga, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, Mineral County Tobacco Prevention Coordinator, will be providing commercial tobacco prevention program education in regards to tobacco use and its health risks. Mandy Quintero began the program in November of 2008 in the High School Health Classes, the junior high, 5th grade, and 4th- 8th grades at Schurz Elementary School. This year Zuniga will be continuing the program in the High School, Junior High and elementary schools. The program will involve xx weeks of tobacco prevention education. Evaulation of the program will assess if behavior changes in Mineral County youth has occurred. In addition, there will be a newsletter sent home to parents about the program and the effects of tobacco use.

Tobacco use is the primary cause of preventable death in the United States. It accounts for more than 440,000 deaths per year—more than alcohol, cocaine, crack, heroin, homicide, suicide car crashes, fire and HIV/AIDS combined. At least 2,000 U.S. children and adolescents begin tobacco use each day. Of these, nearly 500 will die in adulthood from tobacco-related diseases, primary heart disease and atherosclerosis, cancers and chronic obstructive lung diseases.

If you would like more information about the UNCE, Mineral County tobacco prevention program, contact Kellie Zuniga at 945-3444, Ext13.

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