State Health Dept. sponsors L.E.A.D. anti-tobacco conference

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - 300 high school students from across South Mississippi were in Hattiesburg Tuesday, learning about the dangers of tobacco use and acquiring new skills that will help them encourage their fellow students not to smoke.

It was all part of an annual "Generation Free" L.E.A.D. (Leadership Engagement Activism Development) Conference at the Lake Terrace Convention Center.

It was hosted by the Partnership for a Healthy Mississippi and funded by the Mississippi State Dept. of Health.

It featured a number of educational and informational sessions to help students prevent tobacco use at their schools.

The conference was the second of six that will be held across the state.