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Spark Holds Third Tobacco-Free College Campus Summit

(November 7, 2016) -

Spark, Wisconsin’s young adult tobacco prevention program, held its third Tobacco-Free Campus Summit October 19 in Madison. The Summit brought together 82 college students and staff members, local tobacco coalitions and other state and national partners to discuss:

  • Tobacco issues affecting young adults
  • How and why to pass tobacco-free college campus policies
  • Updates on up-and-coming national tobacco prevention efforts.

Kristen Tertzakian, Assistant Director of Community Engagement at Truth Initiative provided the keynote address about Truth’s community college efforts around the country. Summit attendees also enjoyed opportunities to network with their colleagues working on similar initiatives, and receive new tools and resources from Spark to educate about tobacco on campus.

Spark has worked with 25 Wisconsin colleges at some point in their tobacco-free campus efforts, and provides training, technical assistance, resources and mini-grants to schools around the state. A record number of mini-grants were awarded for the 2015-2016 school year, and 15 schools are currently working with Spark on tobacco education and tobacco-free campus initiatives.

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