High School Students Making You Face the Facts About Secondhand Smoke

By: Bill Martens
By: Bill Martens

Some area high school students are making you a little more aware of the dangers of secondhand smoke.

A billboard on the corner of Bridge and 3rd Streets is the second of three put up around Wausau as part of Wisconsin's FACT program. That stands for Fighting Against Corporate Tobacco.

The students drew chalk outlines to demonstrate how deadly tobacco can be, and wrote messages reminding people of the dangers of secondhand smoke.

"You're polluting the air around you and that people will die from you smoking, and it's not good for your health, for you, and it's not good for the people around you," says Stephanie Jirgl, a ninth grader at Wausau West High School.

FACT says 28 percent of all Wisconsin high students smoke. FACT was created in June 2001 and is funded by the Department of Health and Family Services.

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