TRU Clubs - Tobacco Reality Unfiltered
Orange County Youth Tobacco-Use Prevention Program
Mobilizing Orange County’s youth to reject tobacco and eliminate youth secondhand exposure.
Tobacco. 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.
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
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