Poplar teen takes on Big TobaccoNorthwestern High School junior Tyler Maki has been accepted as a Fighting Against Corporate Tobacco (FACT) youth board member.
Northwestern High School junior Tyler Maki has been accepted as a Fighting Against Corporate Tobacco (FACT) youth board member.
FACT is Wisconsin’s youth-driven and adult-guided movement to create positive change in youth tobacco usage at a grassroots level.
The Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services, Tobacco Prevention and Control Program and the American Lung Association in Wisconsin support this program.
This movement is designed to show youth how to structure, implement and lead activism initiatives against Big Tobacco’s marketing tactics. Maki and his fellow board members communicate the movement’s message through peer-to-peer contact.
Corporate tobacco uses $274 million a year to target the youth of Wisconsin. Maki, who lives in Poplar, and others like him will use their voices to combat Big Tobacco through media outreach, conducting monthly activities, recruiting new members, working with the local tobacco free coalitions and other initiatives.
Maki has already started being a role model and a leader through educating young children like his cousin Deacon Pratt (shown in photo).