Virginia youth anti-tobacco group named advocates of the year national organization

RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia’s largest youth-led anti-tobacco movement is getting national recognition.

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids says members of the Y Street of Virginia have been named youth advocates of the year. They’re being recognized at an awards ceremony Wednesday attended by more than 400 public health, political, civic and business leaders.

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Winners receive educational scholarships and grants to continue their prevention efforts and serve as ambassadors for the national group.

Y Street of Virginia has more than 1,500 members representing more than 50 communities across the state. The group has developed several anti-tobacco campaigns including one to educate Virginians about smokeless tobacco products. It also has conducted youth surveys to help policy leaders.

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids says nearly 20 percent of Virginia high school students smoke.

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