Next Era


Take Down Tobacco Day Winners

Recently Next Era held a state-wide video contest for Take Down Tobacco Day. Take Down Tobacco Day on April 1, 2021, a national day of action that empowers young people to stand up and speak out against the tobacco industry.  Louisiana students (ages 13-18) were asked to submit a :30 second to two-minute-long video explaining … Read More

Join Next Era By: Jayvyn Smothers

Hi! My name is Jayvyn Smothers and I am a Junior at Westgate High School for the 2020-2021 School Year. This is my second official year in Next Era and I am proud to say that I enjoy doing what it is that we do: taking the initiative to bring great change to our communities. … Read More

My Next Era Experience Thus Far By: Jayvyn Smothers

Greetings! I am Jayvyn Smothers, a Junior at Westgate High School for the 2020-2021 Academic School Year. I have been participating in Next Era for about two or three months now. Next Era is a group that works for the future generations on a plethora of controversial topics that bring a change to many communities … Read More

Next Era Virtual Day of Action By: Zachary Romero

I’m Zachary Romero, I’ve been a member of Next Era for 2 years now. I am currently a senior at Westgate HS. I hold the group and the initiative close to me for several reasons. Both my parents are smokers, and I see the struggle with addiction daily. From second-hand smoke, smelly cars, and hearing … Read More

A Healthier Louisiana By Zackari Rodgers

Initially, when I heard about the Healthier Louisiana Challenge, and that everyone had a chance to show off their talents to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card, I immediately thought about making a video.  I enjoy editing sometimes and I’ve made several videos in the past, so this wasn’t going to be anything different in … Read More

Something on my Heart By: Dejah Johnson

As I reflect on how I arrived at the poem that was submitted for the Healthier Louisiana Challenge, I began to think about my state of mind and everything that is going on in my state due the Coronavirus pandemic.  Life as we know it has changed.  We don’t “attend school” anymore, people are out … Read More

Hanson High School Training

          On January 14, 2020, 7 students at Hanson High School in Franklin, LA, completed a six-hour training course to become members of the Next Era Program. Next Era is a statewide youth movement of The Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living (TFL). Founded in 2017, Next Era teens across Louisiana are … Read More

Creating an Anti-Vaping Video

Hello I am Sarah G from Iowa High School. I am in 11th grade and this is my first year being a part of Next Era. The campaign we work on, Healthier Air for All, works to gain support for workers protection from secondhand smoke in the workplace as well as everyone in public places. … Read More

Presenting Healthier Air for All to my Peers

Hi, my name is Hailey and I am a junior at Iowa High School in Iowa, Louisiana. This is my first year in Next Era and it has been a great learning experience! I have become more knowledgeable about the Healthier Air For All campaign and I show others that you can help change the … Read More

Healthier Air For All at the Annual Sugar Cane Festival

Hi, my name is Aysja and I am a Senior at Westgate High School. This is my first year being a member of Next Era, I honestly wish I would have heard of this amazing organization in my earlier years of high school! As a Next Era activist we advocate to promote a healthier Tobacco-Free … Read More