Seven area youth attended the tobacco diversion class last week. The tobacco diversion program is offered as an alternative to court for juveniles involved in illegal use of tobacco products. Youth learned about health risks, cost, advertising techniques, chemicals in tobacco and tips on how to quit. Five students attended for their second offense and, in addition to the class, had to pay a $30.00 fee and write an essay. In their essay, youth reflected on a news article about fires started from cigarettes and caused significant damage and even death.