The No Smoking Youth Club today will conclude a three-day program designed to educate youths on how tobacco use affects different minority groups.
Wednesday was Hispanic-Latino day, and today the group will learn the about the culture and smoking statistics of American Indians. The three-day program, held at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, began Tuesday with Chinese Day.
"We try to maintain the objectives of the group to expand beyond just one race or group of children," club adviser Andy Smith said. "When the program was first started, it was just in the local neighborhood, but it has evolved into different chapters to include all minority groups."
Sila Alegret-Bartel, who helped start a chapter of the club for Latino students in Hagerstown, spoke at Wednesday's event.
She told the youngsters in attendance, who belong to another chapter of the club, about her new chapter and said she hopes to get both groups to share experiences.