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Youth tobacco prevention program hosted in Hattiesburg

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Middle school students attend a 2014 iFLY Conference in Hattiesburg Thursday. Middle school students attend a 2014 iFLY Conference in Hattiesburg Thursday.
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

Nearly 200 middle school students from across South Mississippi gathered at the Woodall Technology Center to learn more about reducing tobacco use among their fellow students. It was part of the 2014 iFLY (Inspiring Future Leaders Youth) Conference, hosted by the Mississippi State Dept. of Health's youth-led tobacco prevention program called "Generation Free."

During the event, students took part in many games and informational activities designed to increase their knowledge about tobacco and its negative health effects.

"I'm just going to tell (fellow students) that it's a really bad thing to do tobacco products and not to, because it can really end up destroying your life," said Megan Hansen, a 7th grade student from Pass Christian.  

"If you think about it, you're setting a huge example, not just for these little kids, but also, sometimes for adults that are starting to get into smoking," said Dylan Jones, an 8th grade student from Leakesville.

Hattiesburg was the last of four sites for the iFLY Conference. Others were held in Indianola, Tupelo and Pearl.

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