Teens make video to tell tobacco companies 'Stop Stalking Us'
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BUFFALO, N.Y. — Teens participating in the Buffalo Urban League Youth 'Yes Program' presented a non-smoking video to encourage youth to stay smoke-free Thursday in Buffalo.
According to one of the program participants, Christopher Banks, the group got angry after a presentation from Erie One BOCES Reality Check. That presentation showed how tobacco companies market to children.
The teens' anger turned constructive and they made the fictional video called "Stop Stalking Us," which shows teens being followed around by a tobacco representative trying to hook them on tobacco.
"The tobacco companies are targeting us, they're targeting the youth, because they want us to be the next smokers. So they're stalking us, they want to see what's going on and how they can catch our attention," Banks said.
Banks says the video is just the first of many more to come.