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Our strength is our stories.
In an effort to foster community dialogue and pave the way for new voices in the tobacco control movement, The American Lung Association and In Progress offered a digital story telling workshop in Duluth, MN. The training engaged leaders of all ages and backgrounds to develop their skills as digital storytellers and artists through the use of photography and video. The media created by members of the collaboration are powerful, informative, and dynamic. Together, the collective works capture a unique Duluth-based story that helps to inspire the viewer to add their voice and to take action.
Some stories will serve to help others on their journey to quit smoking, some stories encourage viewers to uncover their own stories about how tobacco has impacted their life. All of the stories serve to inspire local policy change efforts to combat the scourge of commercial tobacco in our community.
The works will be shared using a variety of print, video and digital organizing techniques in order to expand the audience and inspire others to join of efforts to realize the #smokefreegeneration.
We hope you too will be inspired by these stories to take action and create change. Join us and add your story on Facebook at Lethal Lure MN.

Henry Banks

In speaking about his mother's tobacco addiction, Henry added this information:
"Salem is a brand of cigarettes introduced in 1956 by the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company as the first filter-tipped mentholcigarette.[1] Its name (along with that of the Winston brand) derives from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, the city where RJR was founded and headquartered. Salem cigarettes are unique in that they are blended with Asian Menthol ]rather than the traditional mainstream Menthol.[ It is owned and marketed by ITG Brands LLC. (a subsidiary of Imperial Tobacco Company) inside the U.S. and by Japan Tobacco outside the U.S." From Internet Sources

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