Students create motivational tobacco-free posters for Scholastic contest
More than three million kids in grades three through seven are heading into summer with knowledge that will last a lifetime: an understanding of the dangers of tobacco use.
As part of our commitment to delivering the first tobacco-free generation, the CVS Health Foundation teamed up with Scholastic on a school-based tobacco-prevention education program that helps teach children about the health consequences of tobacco, nicotine and secondhand smoke.
Cigarette smoking rates among youth have decreased over the past decade, but 3,800 kids under the age of 18 still smoke their first cigarette each day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Meanwhile, the use of products such as e-cigarettes and hookahs has increased significantly. In a 2014 study, one in 13 middle school students reported using one or more tobacco products in the last 30 days.
“Kids are particularly vulnerable to the lure of tobacco because of peer pressure and media influences, and we know that 90 percent of adult smokers began at or before age 18,” said Eileen Howard Boone, President of the CVS Health Foundation. “Our goal with the Scholastic program is to give kids tools and resources that can help them stay tobacco-free throughout their lives.”
As part of the program, students received in-classroom materials, take-home activities to complete with their families, and digital content that explained the dangers of smoking and its effects on the body to help build skills in scientific literacy, health, reading comprehension, writing, and critical thinking.
Students in the sixth and seventh grade program were also encouraged to enter the Stay Smart About Tobacco Poster Contest, and we’re pleased to showcase the winners in our online slide show! We were so impressed with all of the entries we received, which included creative artwork and messages submitted from all across the country. Many thanks to all those who participated!