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Lead On Tobacco Free Youth Leadership Summit

June 7 - 9, 2017
Cedar Creek
New Haven, MO

The DHSS Comprehensive Tobacco Control Program is sponsoring a statewide youth leadership summit filled with fun, team building and interactive learning.  The Summit is June 7-9, 2017 at Cedar Creek in New Haven, MO ( and is open to youth in grades 9-12 who have had some tobacco control education.  Space is limited with no more than three youth per school or community along with one adult sponsor who is encouraged to attend with registered youth but not required.  All expenses for selected applicants will be covered.  The Lead on! Tobacco Free Youth Leadership Summit will enhance youth leadership skills, increase their knowledge of tobacco prevention and cessation, and empower them to create change in their school, community and state to help achieve the first tobacco-free generation.  Applications can be completed and submitted at Applications must be submitted by May 15, 2017.  Please call 573-751-6183 for more information.

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Smoking is the most preventable cause of disease, disability and death in Missouri. Nearly 10,000 Missourians die every year from tobacco-related illnesses, including lung cancer, heart disease and stroke. More than 1,100 additional deaths are caused by exposure to secondhand smoke every year.

Tobacco use also creates a significant economic burden in Missouri. Approximately $2 billion is spent every year in Missouri to treat smoking-related illnesses.

Although Missouri’s smoking rates are still high, there has been a significant decline in adult smoking from 2011 and 2012. Approximately twenty (20.6) percent of adults and eleven (11.0) percent of high school students in Missouri smoke. Smoking rates are also high among pregnant women in Missouri. Approximately one of every six pregnant women smokes, a rate significantly higher than the national average. Smoking during pregnancy increases the risk for preterm delivery, stillbirth, low birth weight and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

Tobacco Control in Missouri
Missouri’s comprehensive tobacco control initiatives include efforts to create community smokefree air laws, youth tobacco use prevention, tobacco cessation assistance, and education and awareness through media.

Missouri Tobacco Quitline
Missouri offers free help to smokers who want to quit using tobacco. The Missouri Tobacco Quitline provides counseling, information, and referrals. The Quitline number is 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669).

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Information and resources to help Missourians live longer and healthier lives.

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Get access to health screenings and lifestyle education that can reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.

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Missouri Tobacco Quitline
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