AAP members recently took the battle against the tobacco industry to the frontlines: the classroom.

On Nov. 9, students in 77 schools nation-wide listened to pediatricians discuss the dangers of tobacco and the appeal of tobacco-industry advertisements. Joe Camel, colorful Skoal chewing tobacco tins, Virginia Slims cigarette ads and Marlboro gym bags are the ammunition tobacco companies use to lure teen-agers to pick up their first cigarette or pinch of chewing tobacco, according to AAP leaders.

AAP leaders hoped that the national anti-tobacco events would not only educate students about tobacco's health risks, but also inform them about the influence and pervasive presence of tobacco marketing and advertising.

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