Annual HOT Conference

By: Melissa Etezadi Email
By: Melissa Etezadi Email

The annual HOT Conference was held at Hazard Community and Technical College.

The "Help Overcome Tobacco" event teaches high school students about the dangers of tobacco... as well as ways to kick the habit.

It is legal, but it is also extremely harmful.

“Tobacco is the number one killer more than drugs, alcohol, suicides, car wrecks all those combined,” Kasey Smith said.

Officials say it's ranked the number one drug abuse in the state of Kentucky.

“We want to inform the kids of the dangers of and sort of give them ideas of ways to prevent other kids from using and to talk to their teachers on why every school in Kentucky is a smoke free campus,” Smith said.

With second hand smoke being just as dangerous as smoking being completely smoke-free is the only way to go.

The 'Help Overcome Tobacco' campaign educates high school students on how to positively influence their peers on NOT smoking.

“Most of the time whenever someone sees you smoking they look down on you because it makes you smell bad. Looks like you want to be cool but it’s not really helping. You look like a poser or something,” Merry Osborne said.

Officials say more Kentucky counties are going "smoke-free."

They say they'd like to see all counties adopt the law.


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