JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – A group of Craighead County high school students encouraged people to kick their smoking habits this weekend. Members of the Youth Leadership Board in Jonesboro set up a booth inside the Mall at Turtle Creek on Saturday.
Saint Bernards Medical Center brought the students together after receiving a grant for youth tobacco prevention and smoking cessation. Their local efforts join the national "Great American Smokeout" program to stamp out smoking.
"My parents both smoke, and they've both been sick because of it," said Cierra Childress, a Westside student. "I just wanted to help teenagers and adults who already are smoking to quit and to tell people it's not even good to start."
The students gave away "smoking cessation survival kits." They also demonstrated the harmful effects of second-hand smoke while highlighting the new state law that says it's illegal to smoke in a vehicle with someone under the age of 14.