HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A Tobacco Prevention Conference was held in Hattiesburg Monday to educate youth about the dangers of tobacco use.
The Generation FREE L.E.A.D. conference provided the skills to make healthy lifestyle choices to those in attendance.
Sessions were also held to share ideas on sustainable changes to reduce tobacco use in schools and communities.
The conference was not just about cigarettes but about all tobacco delivery systems.
"Every year 1800 youth under the age of 18 become current smokers in the United States. Our goal here today at the Leadership Engagement Activisim and Development conference is to decrease that number and to start saving some of these youths lives," said Fredrick Wiley with the Partnership for a Healthy Mississippi. "We want to give them the knowledge to make these rational decisions. we want to make sure that they understand the ramifications of tobacco usage."
Wiley also said that the conference stressed prevention with youth.
""When I was younger tobacco was just a thing that was always around," said Wiley. "We want to make sure that youth understand that it is a leading cause of preventable death, the keyword in that statement is preventable, it is totally preventable."