MCHS student, Katherine Morrison, named Youth Advocate of the Year by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.
Katherine’s advocacy began at an early age after she witnessed the impact of tobacco use on her father and family. Eager to help create change and tackle the youth e-cigarette epidemic, Katherine joined her high school’s Family Career and Community Leaders of America chapter.
Katherine jumps at any opportunity to speak with her state legislators, including advocating for local communities to have the power to regulate the sale of tobacco products. She has promoted a statewide bill to overturn a preemption law and allow local governments to pass their own tobacco prevention measures. This work gave her the opportunity to speak about the e-cigarette epidemic at the Kentucky State Capitol. Even in the face of skepticism from some classmates, she leads by example and emphasizes fighting the tobacco industry and not individual tobacco users.
Aside from her tobacco control advocacy, Katherine is also involved in athletics and volunteers wherever she can make a difference in her community. Katherine’s confidence and passion for advocacy make her an invaluable voice in the fight against tobacco.