The Iowa Smokefree Air Act will turn 10 years old on July 1, 2018, and the members of the Iowa Department of Public Health’s (IDPH) Iowa Students for Tobacco Education and Prevention (ISTEP) organization marked the milestone occasion at their annual summit. Each year, students in seventh through 12th grade statewide come together with the mission of changing the general social attitude towards tobacco use and raising awareness of the dangers of tobacco through education.
To tie into the anniversary, this year’s summit theme was “Celebrate I-STEP. Celebrate YOU.” and highlighted the progress of the ISTEP committee’s work. “We are proud of the commitment of the ISTEP members to help make positive changes in their school and community. Their hard work is helping youth across the state lead healthier lives,” said Jill Wright, ISTEP coordinator at IDPH.
ISTEP is Iowa’s only youth-organized tobacco prevention effort. For more information on ISTEP and youth tobacco prevention, visit https://idph.iowa.gov/tupac/prevention.
The Smokefree Air Act helps to reduce the harmful effects of smoking for Iowans by prohibiting smoking in areas of employment and most public places. For more information on the Smokefree Air Act, visit https://smokefreeair.iowa.gov/.