IDPH Encourages Youth to Step Up Against Tobacco

Early prevention methods can help stop youth from becoming lifelong tobacco users, and the Iowa Students for Tobacco Education and Prevention (ISTEP) are holding their annual summit to learn more about tobacco prevention and how to make a difference within their communities and schools. On May 7, students in seventh through twelfth grade are invited to attend the 2019 ISTEP Summit and help change the general social attitude towards tobacco use through awareness and education. “The ISTEP Summit is a great way for teens and youth to get involved,” said ISTEP Coordinator Jill Wright. “They will strategize how to counter-market the tobacco industry’s efforts, how to protect everyone’s rights against secondhand smoke, and how to inspire and support others to quit tobacco for good.” The 2019 ISTEP Summit will be held at theHoliday Inn Airport Conference Centerin Des Moines, Iowa, and is free for all students in seventh through twelfth grade. ISTEP is Iowa’s only youth-organized tobacco prevention effort. It has over 2,200 registered members in chapters statewide. For more information on ISTEP and youth tobacco prevention, visit To register for the 2019 ISTEP Summit, please contact (515)281-6225.