Hays Teenagers from across Kansas will gather in Hays to discuss the danger of tobacco and learn about new tobacco products being marketed to their age group.
The Reality Check Tour will be held Saturday at Fort Hays State. It is sponsored by the Tobacco Free Kansas Coalition.
One of the new products being marketed to teens is tobacco sticks. They are available in many Kansas convenience stores.
The coalition's youth outreach coordinator, Erica Anderson, says the flavored tobacco sticks, marketed by Phillip Morris under the Marlboro and Skoal labels, resemble toothpicks and are coated with finely milled tobacco.
The Hays Daily News reports that the coalition says it wants to make youth aware that tobacco companies are trying to get around anti-smoking laws and higher taxes by marketing these products.