Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Utah Anti-tobacco Crusader is National Youth Advocate of Year

(SALT LAKE CITY) – The national Campaign for Tobacco-free Kids (CTFK) honored South Jordan Teen Gabe Glissmeyer as its national “Youth Advocate of the Year” at its 16th annual gala on May 17.
Glissmeyer, an LGBTQ youth, was honored for many achievements, including his creation of Out of the Smoke, a Utah Pride Center program dedicated to helping LGBTQ youth quit smoking. Glissmeyer, President of the Youth Leadership Board of Utah’s statewide youth tobacco-control program, One Good Reason, also played a major role in the “It’s All About the Packaging” initiative. The initiative surveyed more than 1,800 Utah teens on marketing tactics used by the tobacco industry to sell dissolvable tobacco products to youth.
“Gabe Glissmeyer and other young leaders from across the nation are making great strides in the fight against tobacco and their voices are being heard,” said Matthew L. Myers, President, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. “Young leaders like Gabe play a critical role in preventing kids from smoking and reducing tobacco’s terrible toll on our nation.”
Glissmeyer’s fight against tobacco began when his older sister picked up her first cigarette.
“Hollie turned to cigarettes at a young age and that addiction rapidly progressed into more experimentation until she chose heroin,” said Glissmeyer. “I saw how her life was falling apart and tearing apart the lives of people around her. That’s when I decided to fight back.”
In Utah, 8.5 percent of high school students smoke, and 1,500 children become daily smokers every year. Every year, tobacco use kills 1,200 Utah residents and costs the state $345 million in health care bills. 
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Media Contact:
Andrea Kofoed
One Good Reason Adult Coordinator
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Gabe Glissmeyer
Anti-tobacco Advocate
(801) 793-0410