Vermont Students Participating in VT Heath Department's 'Free My Ride' Program on Secondhand Smoking

Vermont Students Participating in VT Heath Department's 'Free My Ride' Program on Secondhand Smoking

Vermont students are participating in the Vermont Health Department's Free My Ride campaign which gives students a forum to speak out against secondhand smoke.
BURLINGTON, Vt. - Vermont students are participating in the Vermont Health Department's Free My Ride campaign which gives students a forum to speak out against secondhand smoke.

The Vermont Health Department says 1-in-3 high school students reported that they had been exposed to secondhand smoke inside a car in the past week.

“I got pneumonia and I wanted to prevent smoking in cars and keep other kids from getting sick,” Hannah Crowley, 11, said on her audition tape for a new video the campaign released Wednesday. Crowley is a sixth grader at Hunt Middle School. “Opening the car window does not protect me from secondhand smoke, and being exposed can lead to respiratory infections.”

The campaign is led by Vermont Kids Against Tobacco (VKAT) and Our Voices Xposed (OVX) coalitions. There are more than 400 members in these coalitions to help educate parents and students about tobacco use.

For more information regarding the Free My Ride website.
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