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What is RAZE?
Learn about RAZE on our About page.
What does RAZE stand for?
Nothing! RAZE is not an acronym. RAZE means to tear down or destroy. Thus the tagline: Tear Down Tobacco Lies.
What is a commotion?
These are teen-led protests : peaceful demonstrations to draw attention to the dangers of tobacco use. Click to view a complete list of available commotions.
What is a Crew?

You ever heard the saying, "There is strength in numbers?" If one person can make a difference then just think what a group of people working together can do. That's what RAZE Crews are all about – groups of teens making a difference.

There are Crews in over 150 schools and communities in West Virginia. Get involved with your community's Crew, contact your Regional Tobacco Prevention Coordinator (RTPC) or the American Lung Association (ALA) to help you start a new Crew. What does it take to be a "real" Crew? Crews need several things to be "official." First, you need to find an adult, a.k.a. Adult Advisor, who is willing to help out. We know what you're thinking..."I thought RAZE was all about youth empowerment?” Well it is, but your Adult Advisor is someone who can help you get organized, help out when problems come up or just be there to lend moral support. After your Adult Advisor is in place, start recruiting new members.

Once your Crew has members, select a Crew leader. The leader should be someone who definitely isn't afraid of taking a stand and taking charge. This person usually manages meetings and isn't afraid to speak up and speak out against Big Tobacco. Just getting people together isn't what RAZE is all about. To be a Crew, you need to be active by performing, registering and evaluating commotions.

What is a Regional Tobacco Prevention Coordinator?
Regional Tobacco Prevention Coordinators (RTPCs) are full-time tobacco prevention professionals who cultivate tobacco prevention coalitions all around the state. They also work to enact clean indoor air regulations. There are 10 RTPCs distributed across the state in regions that correspond to the Raze regions, and they can be great collaborators in the fight against tobacco in West Virginia! Learn more about the RTPC from your region.
How can I become involved?
If you are interested in starting a new Crew or joining an existing one at your school or in your community, contact your area's Regional Tobacco Prevention Coordinator (RTPC) or the American Lung Association (ALA) for more information. If you don't like rounding people up to get something going, joining a Crew is simple. Find out who your Regional Tobacco Prevention Coordinator (RTPC) is and give them a call or shoot them an email. They are there to help you any way they can – which includes helping you get involved in a local Crew.
If I smoke, can I be involved?
ABSOLUTELY! RAZE is all-inclusive. We WANT smokers to help us lead our fight. Big Tobacco has manipulated you, so don't hesitate to get involved!
Do I have to be a member of RAZE to join a Crew?
RAZE encourages everyone to join if they are actively involved in the fight against Big Tobacco. But, there are some people out there that may only want to be involved in one commotion and never go further. That's cool too. No need to join if RAZE isn't something you want to be actively involved with.
What is my region?
West Virginia map of regions
What are some cool tools I can use in my fight against tobacco?
Get vital resources.
What is TAC?
TAC is the Teen Advisory Council. What better way to have a successful teen campaign than to have teens behind it? They act as a soundboard for ideas and represent you – their peers. It is made up of teens from all over the state. There are 20 positions available in TAC.
How can I become a member of TAC?
To find out how to become involved in TAC, see your Adult Advisor.
Where can I find tobacco information for a school report?
Find a little help.
What is TATU?
Teens Against Tobacco Use (TATU) is a youth empowerment program that turns teens into teachers to educate against tobacco use. TATU is also the approved tobacco prevention education training for RAZE Adult Advisors.
What is N-O-T?

Not On Tobacco (N-O-T) is a West Virginia program that can help solve the smoking problem among teenagers in West Virginia. Teens who smoke are at risk for developing a lifelong addiction that can cause serious health problems and cut years off their lives. Teenagers who want to stop smoking need help, and they don't always get it. Getting N-O-T into all of the schools in West Virginia will give teens that needed support.

If you are a facilitator and need help talking to school administration to get a N-O-T group started in your area, please contact the American Lung Association (ALA) at 1-800-LUNGUSA. ALA staff is ready and willing to talk to anyone to get N-O-T in West Virginia schools.

How can I help a family member or friend quit?

There are a couple of options you can suggest to friends and family members who would like to stop tobacco use including support groups, telephone counseling and websites. You can start with:

West Virginia Tobacco Quitline
1-800-QUIT-NOW is West Virginia's toll-free hotline to help adults quit using tobacco.

Where can I find out more information about tobacco prevention?

Below are some links to people who are helping to spread the truth about tobacco use:

  • American Legacy
    Building a world where young people reject tobacco and anyone can quit.
  • The Truth
    Our only objective is to make sure every single person gets to know the facts about tobacco.
  • Smoking Is Ugly
    Click on the link above to view a campaign and resource guide created and managed by Christy Turlington. The campaign helps educate individuals about lung cancer and provides resources on how to quit smoking.
  • Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
    The Campaign reveals the truth about the deadly effects of smoking tobacco's corporate public relations campaigns and their attempt to convince the public that it is a reformed industry.
  • No Tobacco
    Research your questions about toboacco easily. The Message to Youth will rock you.