August 2019

ITAT Goes Back to School

Polynesian Days Festivals

In August, our Island Teens Advocacy Team participated in the first annual Eagle Mountain Polynesian Days festival! Our island teens helped to make this a tobacco free event. They set up culturally appropriate signs throughout the event grounds stating that smoking and all tobacco products were prohibited at the festival. 

In addition to setting up the signs, our island teens set up an educational booth. At this booth, they educated festival guests on the dangers of vaping, the ingredients in cigarettes, and the e-cigarette epidemic plaguing youth everywhere. 

Following the Eagle Mountain Polynesian days festival, ITAT participated in the Thanksgiving Point Polynesian Days Festival over Labor Day weekend. They provided tobacco education, and educated festival guests on e-cigarettes and tobacco dangers. 

ITAT ended the summer on a great note by working hard in their communities to share tobacco information with their peers and community to educate everyone on the e-cigarette epidemic.


Tobacco Facts: 

-E-cigarettes can be bought at almost any gas station/convenience store

-7.6% of Utah teens use e-cigarettes regularly

-In Lehi and Cedar Hills the age requirement to purchase E-cigarettes is 21 but it is only 19 everywhere else in Utah until 2021

  • E-cigarettes are equally as harmful as normal cigarettes
  • Tobacco kills over 480,000 people in the U.S. and over 7 million worldwide each year.

-5.6 million kids alive today in the U.S. will ultimately die from smoking

  • In the U.S. alone, tobacco companies spend $9.1 billion a year — $1 million every hour — to market their deadly products.

(Utah DOH,,


  • More than 30 million people in the United States have diabetes, and 1 in 4 of them don’t know they have it.
  • 90% of people with prediabetes are unaware they have it 
  • More than 84 million US adults—1 in 3—have prediabetes
  • In 2017, the total estimated cost of diagnosed diabetes was $327 billion.

In the United States, 40% of adults have obesity, and 72% are overweight or have obesity

(,, CDC)

                      UPCOMING EVENTS:

ITAT Leadership Training: September 28th 10AM-2PM 

Have a great summer and be safe!

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