TEMPO Works to Stop Teen Tobacco Use

The Tombigbee Healthcare Authority’s TEMPO program, in conjunction with the Alabama Department of Public Health’s Tobacco Branch and the Coalition for a Tobacco-free Alabama, conducted an observance of Through with Chew Week to wrap up February.

The program allowed TEMPO (Teens Empowering and Motivating their Peers to Opt-Out) to conduct a series of events to raise awareness about the dangers of the use of chewing tobacco. Students at Demopolis Middle School were also afforded the opportunity to participate in LifeSkills Training sessions as well as to receive arm bands and booth displays.

The TEMPO program currently does work in DMS, Demopolis High School, John Essex and Linden’s George P. Austin Junior High. TEMPO project manager Loretta Wilson said the program is hopeful it will soon add Sweet Water and A.L. Johnson to its list of schools helped prior to the June conclusion of its current initiative.

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