Four local teens attend 2010
reACT Teen Summit
event teaches students how to effectively fight corporate tobacco
left to right: Quentin Denton of Ronan, Dylan Francesconi of Plains and
Shelby Grant of Ronan attended the 2010 reACT Teen Summit to promote
action against tobacco use. Jerry Wachal and Mykah Kittson of Polson
(not pictured) also attended. (courtesy photo)
Quinten Denton and Shelby Grant of Ronan and
Jerry Wachal and Mykah Kittson of Polson, joined nearly 100 teens from
throughout Montana at the reACT Teen Summit to learn effective ways to
take action against corporate tobacco companies and their deceitful
The three-day conference included presentations on
how the tobacco industry has targeted teens, exploited the American
Indian population, and specifically targeted women, youth and other
reACT is Montana’s youth-led movement dedicated to
exposing and opposing the tobacco industry. Its mission is to spread
the knowledge that teens are being targeted by corporate tobacco
companies and encourage teens to take action against them.
“Our goal is to arm reACT members with the
resources they need to educate their peers about corporate tobacco’s
deceiving tactics and messages,” said reACT’s Youth Empowerment
Coordinator Erin Kintop. “Each year tobacco companies spend billions of
dollars marketing their products, making tobacco use appear hip and
cool. The tools and skills learned at this conference will help
reACTors in communities across the state toughen their fight and get
In addition, teens chose an issue about which they
are interested, learned about the issue and created their own activism.
Issues covered at the Summit included new tobacco products, tobacco and
the environment, tobacco and the media and tobacco-free schools.
Teen Summit speakers have traveled from all over
the country to teach students the tools to effectively fight corporate
tobacco in their own schools and communities. The Montana Tobacco Use
Prevention Program sponsors the reACT Teen Summit and works with the
reACT Core Team – the group’s youth advisory group – to plan and
coordinate the conference.
For more information on reACT or the 2010 Teen
Summit visit www.reactmt.com.