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Only you can make the decision not to use tobacco, alcohol or drugs. This Web site is designed to give you the facts about tobacco, alcohol and drug use in Columbia. It will also provide you with resources to find factual information about the effects of alcohol and drugs, real stories from teenagers like yourself and answer any questions you might have.

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Teen passionate about anti-smoking movement

Seventeen-year-old Ashley Penafiel is proof that education is powerful.

After learning that cigarette smoking can turn a person’s lungs black and make them look as though they were ran over by a pickup truck, she and her mother held an intervention with her step-dad to get him to stop smoking.

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Teens take on bullying at Youth MOVE forum: ‘Bullying kills now’

Damichael McGill was a fourth-grader when the bullying began. His single mom was struggling and couldn’t afford brand name clothes for him or his five siblings.

McGill is a member of the Saginaw Youth MOVE, which hosted a forum about bullying on Tuesday, Oct. 27, at the St. Mary’s of Michigan Education Hall.

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Area schools combating cyber bullying with #STARTSWITHUS campaign

FOX 2 is teaming up with the Rams as well as seven Missouri and Illinois high schools for the Character Plus Campaign. The students are leading the fight against cyber-bullying by once again using the hashtag #STARTSWITHUS.


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