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Bele Chere board delays decision on tobacco sponsorships 

Teens want end to the sponsorships
Jump to full article: Asheville (NC) Citizen-Times, 2012-05-03
Author: Jason Sandford


The board of volunteers that helps oversee Bele Chere, the city's annual, three-day summer street party, decided Wednesday to put off a vote on whether to drop tobacco sponsorships of the festival.

A group of local teens has been lobbying the Bele Chere Board of Directors, as well as the city's Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department board, for months with impassioned pleas asking the boards to drop the sponsorships starting in 2013. A group of about 25 teens, parents and other anti-tobacco residents spoke again Wednesday.

"Even though youths aren't allowed into the booth, it still sends a message that it's OK,"

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