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Health initiative promotes tobacco-free lifestyle

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SPARTA, Wisconsin (WXOW) – People across seven counties came together to promote tobacco-free lifestyles.

The 7 C's Health Initiative is a coalition that works with youth to inform them about the dangers of tobacco, and prevent tobacco use throughout the community.

Members said the rate of pregnant women smoking is higher within the seven counties than the rate of pregnant women smoking throughout the entire state.

Reducing that number is a goal the group plans to work on in 2014, along with many other ideas discussed.

"Tobacco is the number one preventable cause of death, disability and disease. That's not the legacy we want to leave our children. Our children don't want that for themselves. They want a safe environment that they can grow and become productive citizens," said Judi Zabel, a facilitator of the 7 C's Health Initiative.

The initiative also presented a member from Monroe County with the Butter Knife award.

The award honors a person who goes above and beyond when spreading the message of tobacco prevention.

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