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    Youths pursue tobacco-free communities

    Nineteen young people from Lynn were among more than 200 from across Massachusetts who recently converged on the State House to recognize the contributions of teenagers in the fight against tobacco use. The youths participating are members of The 84 Movement, a program started by the state Department of Public Health that helps mobilize young people to try and make their communities more tobacco-free. While at the State House, the teens visited lawmakers and discussed tobacco-related legislation. They also took part in a speaking program with Lauren Smith, interim commissioner of the state Department of Public Health, and several legislators. Ten of the Lynn participants were from Girls Inc. and the other nine from KAYA, a youth program jointly run by the Lynn Community Health Center and the Lynn YMCA. At the State House event, Carolin Frias from Girls Inc. was presented with The 84 Statewide Leadership Award for her efforts campaigning against tobacco use in Massachusetts.