The Nevada Tobacco Prevention Coalition (NTPC) aims to reduce the dependence Nevadans have on tobacco and nicotine by providing support and programming to help break the cycle of addiction. The Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids (CTFK) is under the umbrella of NTPC and chooses a youth advocate each year to represent CTFK. This year’s advocate is 16 year old Spencer Flanders, from Minden.
“NTPC has been privileged to have Spencer helping with tobacco prevention projects that impact young Nevadans throughout the state,” said Tom McCoy, JD, NTPC President. “His demonstrated leadership skills and creative ideas have been very beneficial to the mission of the coalition. I often have to stop and remember he is a high school student. CTFK could not have selected a more deserving recipient and all of us are proud to have a Nevadan so recognized.”
Flanders is working hard in Minden to make the next generation tobacco free. For his national efforts, he received a $7,500 scholarship and $500 for his community. For his regional efforts, he received a $2,500 scholarship and $500 for his community. Flanders created the Coalition of Youth, a group that advocates for public policies to reduce tobacco use, while also serving as president of Students Taking on Prevention. His passion to fight the tobacco industry, and tobacco use as a social justice issue, shines through in everything he does.
Congratulations to Spencer on all of his accomplishments.