Teens are working against tobacco use

Hakela Ogden, left, Kylie Ogden and Kenady Sorenson participate in the Truth Action Summit in Los Angeles, California, Aug. 3. The Truth Initiative selected the group to represent Utah.

An anti-tobacco coalition selected three high school students from Sevier County to represent Utah during the Truth Action Summit in Los Angeles, California, Aug. 1-3.

The group included North Sevier High School seniors Hakela Ogden and Kylie Ogden as well as Richfield High School junior Kenady Sorenson. 

Truth Initative focuses on spreading awareness and inspiring action in the fight to end smoking. During the Truth Action Summit, attendees worked to create activities for the National Day of Action, slated for Oct. 9. 

Attendees were also given the necessary tools to go back into their own communities to create, promote and host National Day of Action activities to discourage vaping, especially among youth. 

Hakela was also selected to be a member of the Truth Initiative Regional Leadership Committee. She will have the opportunity to participate in specialized guidance and training events leading up to the National Day of Action. 

Sorenson, Hakela and Kylie will be working with the Sevier County Intervention for Youth and the Six County Department of Health on plans for Sevier County’s Day of Action activities.  

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