10/19/2013 7:16 PM
by Karen Franklin
DANIELS - One of West Virginia University's former football stars is insisting young kids continue their tobacco-free lifestyles.
Former Mountaineer Wes Lyons was at Glade Springs Saturday talking to students about staying tobacco free. He teamed up with RAZE, an organization created to tear down tobacco lies, to talk to kids about addiction and its consequences.
"It damages lungs,"Lyons told Newswatch. "It damages your system, and I want to be at the top of my game especially while I was here and throughout my professional career. I want to be at the top of my game, and I don't want anything to damage those opportunities that presented themselves."
Jason Nichols is a leader for RAZE.
"When I was younger, my mother smoked for several years, and I got involved in it to find out ways to prevent her from smoking," Nichols said.
Lyons did his research before Saturday's event. He said smoking tobacco not only cuts 14 years off a lifespan, but 46,000 youth smokers who are alive now are expected to die from tobacco use.