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State Honoree

Tanya Ewing


educates young people in her community about the dangers of smoking, as a teacher with Teens Against Tobacco Use (TATU). Inspired by a school assembly featuring the “Marlboro Man,” Tanya decided she wanted to help reduce the rate of teen smoking. She attended a training course to learn how to present the topic to children, and for the past four years, she has been conducting presentations at elementary and middle schools throughout Alaska. In addition to her work in the classroom, Tanya joins in anti-smoking awareness events, including rallies that have helped make Alaska’s tobacco tax the highest in the country. “In my eyes, there is no greater accomplishment than knowing I’ve helped just one child not to make a mistake like smoking,” she said. Tanya will soon participate in a global anti-tobacco advocacy movement with a student from Japan, and plans to continue her work with TATU and her personal campaign against smoking while attending college.