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Community gathers to discuss odd amount of cigarette ads in La Crosse



Students cleaned up 1,456 cigarette
butts in Powell Park last month

A few weeks ago, students brought awareness to a growing problem with cigarettes.

Not smoking itself, but littering. Students from 7 Rivers Community School played red flags for every cigarette butt they picked up at Powell Park. The ended up with 1,456 butts. 

Those students are presenting their experience and to talk about other anti-tobacco efforts at 5 p.m. tonight at the Southside Neighborhood Center.

The meeting is called Young Lungs at Play and will, in part, discuss the unusually high amount of tobacco advertising found in the Powell-Poage neighborhood.

“There’s certainly is a discrepancy or disparity there, and we’re talking about the impact that that has on the community and on the children,” Judi Zabel with the La Crosse Area Health Initiative said.. 

The Southside Neighborhood Center on Sixth Street.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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