Community Conversations: Teens and Tobacco Use
Are you age 14 - 23? Do you smoke cigarettes? Do you vape (use e-cigarettes)? Do you chew tobacco? Do you use a hookah pipe? If so, let’s talk. Even if you don’t use tobacco, let’s talk about that, too. Community Conversation: Teens and Tobacco Use wants to hear your story.
Rhode Island PBS is launching a project to explore and present stories of adolescents and young adults who smoke or use tobacco products – and share these stories in their own words.
The format includes individual interviews and roundtable discussions, plus interviews with adult health and education professionals. The purpose of the conversations is to produce a show that will air this fall on Rhode Island PBS, and be distributed to middle and high schools.
Rhode Island PBS seeks young people, ages 14 to 23, from all different backgrounds: race, sexual orientation, religion, culture, family environment, financial status, etc. who are willing to share their stories and experiences with tobacco use.
What You Can Expect
With no coaching or counseling, no lectures or judgment, we want to hear your story. Think about the first time you smoked or used another tobacco product. When was that? How did you start, what were the circumstances of your first experience? Why do you continue? If you are underage, how do you get your cigarettes or other products? These are just a few of the questions we would like you to think about and answer.
Your story, along with stories of others, including adult health and education professionals, will be compiled into a 30-40 minute program.