Survivors and Victims of Tobacco Empowerment
A project of the non-profit organization NC GASP
(North Carolina Group to Alleviate Smoking Pollution)
As a statewide organization, SAVE identifies and trains survivors of tobacco-related illnesses to speak with students in school and community settings about the dangers of tobacco. SAVE's experienced speakers give presentations consisting of tobacco education facts and personal testimonies of their own struggles of living with tobacco-related cancers. Many of the SAVE speakers are throat cancer survivors who have had their voice boxes removed. They must now breathe through a hole in their throats and talk with the aid of an electric larynx or speech prosthesis. The message they present makes a powerful impression that is not forgotten.
SAVE survivors are also available to work with youth advocacy groups, providing support for activities that promote positive policy changes that ultimately will lead to decreased secondhand smoke exposure.
SAVE's tobacco prevention programs are funded by the NC Health and Wellness Trust Fund Commission (www.healthwellnc.com).