Group spreads awareness on health effects of tobacco use during Warped Tour
Thousand of people attend the Vans Warped Tour as it travels across the country, and many of those are teenagers. The truth tour has joined the traveling show to spread the word about the health effects, addictiveness, and social consequences of tobacco use.
The truth tour will visit 50 cities and 25 states through the summer, spending Wednesday in Cincinnati.
The unique campaign does not want to lecture teens, but rather arm them with the facts to make an informed decision.
In the United States, 86 percent of adult smokers had started by the age of 18. In Ohio, more than 21 percent of teens admit to smoking.
The goal of the truth campaign is to stop young people from trying to smoke in the first place. The conversation continues to change. While the focus used to predominately be on cigarettes and chew less tobacco, now they must also discuss e-cigarettes. The number of teens using e-cigarettes has doubled from 2011 to 2012. It jumped from 3.3 percent to 6.8 percent.
Warped Tour is at Riverbend Music Center on Wednesday. Doors for the show open at 11 a.m. Check here for the list of bands.