High School Youth Coalition Holds Concert Promoting Tobacco-Use Abstinence

( [email protected] ) May 07, 2004 02:43 PM EDT

A concert has been set for Saturday night whose goal is to draw high-school students and youth away from the use of tobacco. The youth coalition organization’s name, IMPACT, comprised of local high school students have teamed-up to form this concert in Chicago.

What is called the “Rockin’ Rally for Smoke-Free Air” is also the second annual effort necessary in protecting the health of today’s youth. The rally will be featuring the bands, “1945” and “Tub Ring” at Roswell’s High School’s Amphitheater from 7 p.m.-midnight Saturday. “Tub Ring” is a new kick-off band from the hometown and they also appeared in the previous rally last year.

The coalition is made up of high school teens from different schools in the city. IMPACT members testified that this event not only will educate their peers about the health hazards of smoking but revealing another way to live their lives.

“I think it’s a great way to bring them together, and educate them on the hazards of smoking, and I think it’s a really nice way of doing it — its not a bunch of adults telling you, ‘don’t do this and don’t do that,’” said Christina Lisotto, Goddard High School junior. “It’s pretty much giving them a choice, and a good part about it is that we welcome people that smoke and people that don’t smoke.”

Lisotto declares the distinction in these bands from others is that they proclaim a message through their lyrics as well as their tobacco-free lives.

“I think it’s great that the bands coming are supporting what they’re playing for,”

“Tobacco companies are aggressively and effectively targeting youth through movies and entertainment, such as sponsoring concerts,” one coordinator said, “so this will provide a healthy alternative.”