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Summer truth tour takes on tobacco use with one goal: Finish smoking for good

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School’s out, summer is here - which means a crew of truth® “tour riders” are hitting the road to connect with more than one million young people on the Vans Warped Tour and inspire them to be the generation that ends tobacco use for good. truth is one of the nation’s longest running and most successful youth smoking prevention campaigns.

The riders will arm youth with facts about tobacco and inspire them to use their creativity and social influence to become a generation of tobacco “finishers.”

Teen cigarette smoking rates are down to a historic low of 7 percent, compared to 23 percent in 2000. But more progress needs to be made as use of other tobacco products like e-cigarettes and hookah continues to rise. truth created the “Finish It” campaign to empower teens to make their generation the one that ends smoking by giving them the facts about tobacco, sharing progress in the fight against the smoking epidemic and empowering teens to use their creativity to make the fight against Big Tobacco their own. Since August 2014, the campaign has generated more than 445 million interactions.

“I used to be a smoker until I learned what it was doing to my body,” said Alex Heberlein, a truth tour rider from Liberty, IL. “My own experience drove me to apply to be a truth rider and while on the truth tour this summer, I’m looking forward to connecting with other young people like myself to share some of the surprising facts about tobacco and give them the information they need to make an informed decision about smoking.”

The 2016 truth tour will include stops on the Vans Warped Tour. The full schedule for the tour is available at:

Tour stops feature the iconic orange “truth truck” which is rigged with a DJ booth and dance floor creating a truth “zone” offering:

  • Games, music, contests and giveaways, allowing truthtour riders to discuss tobacco issues with teens in an honest and entertaining way.
  • Social media shout-outs that encourage teens to share information with their friends.
  • truth-branded “merch” giveaways, including: t-shirts, hats, socks, skateboard decks, and more.

“For 16 years we’ve had the truth tour help us bring our brand to life,” said Eric Asche, Chief Marketing Officer at Truth Initiative, the organization that funds and directs the truth campaign. “Our tour riders are aspirational people who create experiences that live beyond the concert; they embody this generation and inspire others to end smoking in a relatable and more importantly real way.”

truth TOUR RIDERS 2016

The Vans Warped Tour is an annual summer music festival featuring upcoming bands as well as more well-established rock and punk acts. 2016 truth tour riders on the Vans Warped Tour include:

Vans Warped Tour Riders


Personal Details

Josh Barna

(Tour Manager)

St. Louis, MO

Returning truth tour veteran who knows the ins and outs of playing and creating video games

Nicole Stephens


Miami, FL

truth tour veteran passionate about photography.

Desi McGill

Miami, FL

Miami-native excited for new experiences as a first-time truth rider.

Anthony McLean


Washington D.C.

truth tour resident DJ who is looking forward to providing an awesome musical experience on tour

Revati Beal

Miami Beach, FL

Hypnotherapy enthusiast with a passion for helping others.

Alex Heberlein

Liberty, IL

Self-proclaimed gamer, theater geek & comic book nerd and former smoker.

Kamiliah Thomas

Ocala, FL

Former college tennis player who enjoys creating short films, traveling and writing.

Eric Lupardi

Roselle Park, NJ

truth tour veteran and former smoker with a passion for music.

Karina Delgadillo

San Diego, CA

Avid YouTuber and longtime truthtour admirer.


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