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Frequently Asked Questions

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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 70 schools and communities in West Virginia. If you're interested in starting a Crew in your school or community group, just email laura.williams@lung.org for more information.

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.

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 laura.williams@lung.org for more information. If you don't like rounding people up to get something going, just email laura.williams@lung.org to see if there is a Crew already in your area.
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?
Crews are made up of Raze members, so if you’d like to be involved, joining Raze is the best way to go! However, you can help out the Crew at your school or in your community with specific Commotions if you don’t want to join.
What are some cool tools I can use in my fight against tobacco?
Get vital resources.
Where can I find tobacco information for a school report?
Find a little help.
What is N-O-T?

Tragically, about 95 percent of today's tobacco users started using before the age of 21. E-cigarettes have escalated this problem, with over 5,700 kids starting to vape every day, according to the CDC. Not On Tobacco® (N-O-T) seeks to address this growing problem by giving all teens the resources they need to break nicotine dependency and find healthier outlets.

Unlike other cessation programs which simply modify adult curriculum, N-O-T was designed with teenagers in mind and addresses issues that are specifically important to them. The program takes a holistic approach with each session using different interactive learning strategies based on Social Cognitive Theory of behavior change that can then be applied and practiced in everyday life and encourages a voluntary change for youth ages 14 to 19. Learn more

What is Indepth?

Intervention for Nicotine Dependence: Education, Prevention, Tobacco and Health (INDEPTH) is a new, convenient alternative to suspension or citation that helps schools and communities address the teen vaping problem in a more supportive way. Instead of solely focusing on punitive measures, INDEPTH is an interactive program that teaches students about nicotine dependence, establishing healthy alternatives and how to kick the unhealthy addiction that got them in trouble in the first place.

Developed by the American Lung Association in partnership with the Prevention Research Center of West Virginia University, this new free education program is available for any school or community to establish to help our teens make healthier choices. Learn More

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: