Philly Youth Take a Stand for a Tobacco-Free Philadelphia

Students from the KArabots Junior Fellows Program pose with Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, public health officials, and other youth at an October 12, 2016, press conference on increased tobacco regulation

The students in the Karabots Junior Fellows Program did not have their weekly meeting today; however, that didn’t stop some of the Fellows from being active in the public health community. Two of our Fellows–Hanaa and Sheila–joined Jacqui Bowman and Kevin Impellizeri as they took a trip to City Hall to attend a press conference on limiting teen’s exposure to tobacco. During the press conference, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney and City Health Commissioner Thomas Farley announced the city’s new plan to limit tobacco retailers’ presence near schools and impose tougher penalties on retailers who sell tobacco products to children and teens, including suspending the tobacco licenses of repeat offenders. The goal of the program is to help create Philadelphia’s first smoke free generation. Afterwards, Hanaa and Sheila posed with the Mayor, public officials, and other Philly youth in attendance, taking their stand against tobacco.

Karabots Junior Fellows Sheila and Hanaa pose at the Mayor's Office at Philadelphia City Hall

For more information on the Philadelphia’s Department of Public Health’s Tobacco Program, check out their website or follow them on Twitter (@gethealthyPHL) or Instagram (@gethealthyphilly).


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