What is TRU?

The Tobacco Resistance Unit is a movement throughout all of Pennsylvania to help youth, ages 12 to 18, stay tobacco- and nicotine- free. It’s time that young Pennsylvanians get serious about exposing BIG TOBACCO and its marketing lies.  TRU aims to prevent and stop youth tobacco use through education. A statewide movement, TRU is managed by the Pennsylvania Alliance to Control Tobacco (PACT) and the American Lung Association in Pennsylvania.

TRU Vision: for all Pennsylvania youth to be tobacco- and nicotine-free.

TRU Mission: to protect Pennsylvania’s youth from all tobacco and nicotine products, through community outreach, education, prevention and cessation.

Who should join TRU?

All youth between the ages of 12-18 who want to see a totally tobacco-free Pennsylvania!
How will you benefit from joining TRU?

  • Meet youth from around the state
  • Help create a statewide movement that will change the way youth think about tobacco
  • Volunteering will benefit you personally and professionally
  • Attain and develop leadership skills you’ll use now and at college
  • Connect with youth who have similar interests and ambitions
  • Learn to develop and utilize your talents and the talents of others
  • Cultivate a positive, purposeful identity
  • Play an important role in keeping Pennsylvania tobacco- and nicotine-free


Wanted - TRU Adult Advisors!

We're also looking for teachers, counselors, parents, and community leaders who are passionate about keeping our youth tobacco-free. Interested in becoming a TRU advisor? Contact Tiffany Babinsack for more information.


Where can I get more information?

If you're interested in becoming an adult advisor, please contact Tiffany Babinsack.

For more information on becoming a TRU youth advocate, please contact Molly Anthony.

You can also learn more on the TRU Website, the TRU Facebook page, and on Twitter!

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