WASHINGTON, D.C.—One Minnesota student has been named as a National Youth and Young Adult Ambassador by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids for demonstrating leadership in fighting tobacco use in their communities.
This young leader was among 133 youth and young adults from 33 states who participated in the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids’ Digital Advocacy Symposium, a five-day online training session focused on building advocacy, communications and leadership skills.
The Youth and Young Adult Ambassadors will work with the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids to advocate for effective policies to reduce youth tobacco use at the federal, state and local levels. These policies include ending the sale of all flavored tobacco products, including flavored e-cigarettes that are addicting a new generation of kids.
The Youth and Young Adult Ambassador from Minnesota includes:
• Anna Grace Hottinger, 17, is from Shoreview, Minnesota and an incoming high school senior. She is involved locally with the Association for Non-Smokers, and has been engaged in tobacco control work for two years. Anna Grace hopes to strengthen her organizing and peer-education skills as an Ambassador as she continues to bring attention to tobacco control issues in her community.
“We are thrilled to welcome this new class of Youth and Young Adult Ambassadors, whose passion and leadership will help us create the first tobacco-free generation,” said Matthew L. Myers, President of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. “Young people are critical voices in the fight against tobacco because they speak from experience about how they are targeted by the tobacco industry. Policy makers should listen and support strong policies to protect our kids, including a prohibition on all flavored tobacco products.”