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Hastings TATU leaders speak to local fourth-graders

Callie Lear, (from left) Joey Turnes, Lauren Sensiba, Valeria Arias, Elizabeth Gonsalves, Madison McWhinney and Kennedy Newberry, members of Hastings High School’s Teens Against Tobacco program, stop for a photo at one of the elementary schools. (Photos provided)

A group of and specially trained Teens Against Tobacco Use leaders from Hastings High School recently completed another year of TATU presentations for Hastings fourth-grade students at Central, Northeastern, Southeastern and Star elementary schools.

The presentations were designed to be fun, interactive and educational, focusing on making healthy decisions to be nicotine-free.

Fourth-graders learned about the harmful chemicals in cigarette smoke and vaping aerosols, health problems associated with tobacco and nicotine use, the cost of smoking, and the impact of nicotine on blood vessels.

TATU is a program of Barry County Substance Abuse Prevention Services/Barry County Community Mental Health Authority and is funded in part by the Barry Community Foundation, Tobacco Settlement Funds.

Hastings TATU is coordinated by Kelli Newberry, HHS SADD advisor. TATU has been active in Hastings Area Schools since 2001. 



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