Teens cancel sit-in

Group opts to put opposition to smoking in writing

Craig's youth anti-tobacco group cancelled a smoke-free demonstration Monday because an editorial in the Craig Daily Press called the effort misguided, the organizer said.

Instead, the group of 20 middle and high school students who belong to Get R!EAL opted to pen a letter to the editor in defense of their stand. The letter should be published within the week.

Coordinator Kathy Bockelman said she called off the "quiet protest" because she didn't want students to be portrayed as "misguided" as the editorial stated.

Get R!EAL members had planned to sit in the smoking section of the Village Inn restaurant in Craig, "to bring attention to health risks associated with exposure to secondhand smoke and de-normalize the use of tobacco ..." according to a flier distributed by Get R!EAL. Village Inn had been made aware of the proposed event.

Get R!EAL members have sponsored a number of activities to increase awareness about the dangers of smoking.

Earlier this year, the group gathered cigarette butts around town and sent them off to be placed in body bags that reached tobacco company corporate headquarters.

The group has also tentatively planned to host a smoke-free night at the Craig Lanes bowling alley and hopes to post anti-tobacco signs along Finley Lane, the road leading up to the Moffat County High School.

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