Chloe Spriggle has seen the devastating toll of tobacco use up close. For her, it’s personal. Too many of her family members smoke and have become victims of tobacco related diseases. Chloe’s response has been to fight back by joining the FACT movement.
FACT (Fighting Against Corporate Tobacco) is a youth advocacy movement that uses high visibility “Factivism” activities to warn peers of how the tobacco industry targets them as the next generation of customers.
Chloe is a senior at Ellsworth High School in Ellsworth, WI, a small rural community in western Wisconsin. She has been active in the FACT program for five years and on the Youth Board of Directors for three. She recently served as a media spokesperson for the American Lung Association’s most recent disparities report, Cutting Tobacco’s Rural Roots: Tobacco Use in Rural Communities, which examines the high toll of tobacco use in rural settings. Chloe is especially proud of having been chosen to present at the 2012 National Conference on Tobacco or Health in Kansas City, MO last August.
Chloe’s work is having an impact on her classmates and the larger community. Awareness of tobacco issues, especially how the industry targets youth, has risen and she is widely recognized as a role model. Her visibility in FACT has led to an increase in the number of participants in school Factivisims.
Through her participation in FACT, Chloe is having a positive impact on her fellow students and to people of all ages in her community. “I feel like I’m part of something that’s making a difference.”