Luke Witkowski

State: Wisconsin

Position: Youth Programs Coordinator

Organization: Wisconsin Department of Health Services

Program: Tobacco Prevention and Control Program

How long have you been involved in tobacco control?
Since 2002

What brought you to tobacco control work?
Having grown up with a parent who smoked, it was always on my mind. When one of my college professors emailed me the job posting for FACT, I knew it was the perfect job for me. Fast forward 13 years later and I still love the work I do and couldn’t see myself doing anything else.

What is your favorite part of empowering youth?
I enjoy seeing a group of young people coming together, standing up for what they believe in and using their voice to make lasting change. Whether it’s a major policy change like a statewide smoke-free air law being passed or something smaller like updating a school tobacco-free policy to include e-cigarettes, the work our programs do saves lives, period!

What do you do in your free time?
When I’m not working, I’m focusing on being the best father (of two boys) that I possibly can be. Outside of that, I enjoy photography and cooking.