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Orange County Youth Tobacco-Use Prevention Program

Mobilizing Orange County’s youth to reject tobacco and eliminate youth secondhand exposure.

Tobacco Reality Unfiltered LogoTobacco. Reality. Unfiltered. (TRU) is a movement for teens and by teens to stay tobacco-free. TRU Teens are peer educators who are empowered to decide what strategies and activities they want to use to take a stand against tobacco use.

TRU Peer Educators are well trained on facts about tobacco, media literacy, advocacy, and merchant education. Since 2003, Orange County TRU Teens have been making a difference in their schools and community by leading many tobacco prevention activities.

Peer Educators

Orange County TRU peer educators learn to make good choices and take a stand against tobacco by:

  • Creating tobacco prevention media messages
  • Educating youth about tobacco prevention at community events
  • Learning advocacy skills
  • Promoting the 100% tobacco free schools policy on their local school grounds
  • Talking to local store managers about not selling tobacco products to minors
  • Teaching Tobacco 101 information to middle school students and peers
  • Working with youth from across the state

Meeting Places

TRU groups meet at the following high schools:

  • Chapel Hill/Carrboro City Schools
    • Carrboro High School
    • Chapel Hill High School
    • East Chapel Hill High School
  • Orange County Schools
    • Cedar Ridge High School
    • Orange High School

If you're a high school student living in Orange County and you want to become involved in TRU, contact our Tobacco Prevention and Control Program Coordinator for more information:

April Richard, Tobacco Prevention and Control Program Coordinator
Office: 919-245-2424
Email: arichard@orangecountync.gov

Helpful Links

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