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Local student-athletes takes anti-vaping pledge to encourage their peers

Local student-athletes from the Northstate took a pledge against teen vaping at a media event in Redding on Sunday.

Local student-athletes from the Northstate took a pledge against teen vaping at a media event in Redding on Sunday.

Around 135 students wore "Athletes Don't Vape" t-shirt at the photo shoot event hoping to encourage their peers to not vape.

The Shasta County grassroots organization held an "Athletes Don't Vape" campaign searching for middle and high school student-athlete spokespeople to represent their upcoming for the campaign.

Both middle and high school athletic coaches nominated their students to be part of the photo shoot hoping to showcase the athletes as an outreach to other teens and young adults that vaping is not cool. The kids also signed an anti-vaping pledge to not use any tobacco product for a year stating it is to stand against vaping and e-cigarettes.

Alex Beltran, 17-year-old student football athlete from Red Bluff explained why he took part in the event and the pledge to not vape.

"I know it's not healthy for my body, first of all. And, that if I keep doing, I'm not going to have a good career in football because you need your lungs for football and I want to play college football and if I keep vaping or smoking whatever it's not going to go my way," Beltran said.

Some of the student ambassadors will now have an opportunity to travel to Sacramento to learn how to speak in front of Congress about anti-vaping.

The organization partnered with Shasta County Tobacco Education Coalition for the event but the campaign was first started out by a Northstate parent, Sonya Kennedy, who created the "Athletes Don't Vape" t-shirts. They have received support from the McConnell Foundation, California Dance Company along with other agencies on the event and campaign.

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