Anti-Smoking Video Earns Prize

Video created by Barrington Middle School students for Kick Butts Day last week earns an award in a statewide competition.

Students at Barrington Middle School joined thousands of kids across the country by taking part in Kick Butts Day last Wednesday -- a nationwide initiative that makes kids leaders in the effort to stop youth tobacco use. 

Their participation also earned them a prize, according to BAY Team director Kathy Sullivan.

Members of CHOICE, the anti-smoking and drug use group in school, created a 30-second public service announcement, she said. The PSA earned a third prize in the Rhode Island Tobacco Control Network’s statewide competition. See the video above.

Participants included Michaela Andreozzi, Grace Bellamy, Ellie Hines, Andy Ide, Ben Noonan, Michael Pfeffer, Dustine Reich, Dominic Roidoux, Andrea Rodenbaugh, Libby Ryan and Julia Soares.

Throughout the year, the students take part in a variety of activities to protect kids from tobacco use, said Sullivan, including working with elected officials to develop policies that reduce youth tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke and educating their peers about tobacco companies’ deceptive marketing practices.

The high school’s BAYouth students held an awareness table in the high school lobby. They displayed the range of chemicals found in a cigarette as well as handing out temporary tattoos and chewing gum.

john davidson March 26, 2012 at 01:31 AM
OSHA / NIOSH RESEARCH In 1991 NIOSH { OSHA' research group} Looked into ETS although at the time they recommended reducing ETS exposure they found the studies lacking. NIOSH recognizes that these recent epidemiological studies have several shortcomings: lack of objective measures for charachterizing and quantifying exposures,failures to adjust for all confounding variables,potential misclassification of ex-smokers as non-smokers,unavailability of comparison groups that have not been exposed to ETS, and low statistical power. Research is needed to investigate the following issues: 1. More acurate quantification of the increased risk of lung cancer associated with ETS exposure,including determination of other contributing factors[e.g.,occupational exposures]that may accentuate the risk. 2.Determination of the concentration and distributuion of ETS components in the workplace to help quantify the risk for the U.S. working population.
john davidson March 26, 2012 at 01:31 AM
Scientific Evidence Shows Secondhand Smoke Is No Danger Written By: Jerome Arnett, Jr., M.D. Published In: Environment & Climate News Publication Date: July 1, 2008 Publisher: http://www.heartland .org/policybot/resul ts/23399/Scientific_ Evidence_Sho... myth-of-second-hand- smoke http://yourdoctorsor ders.com/2009/01/the -myth-of-second-hand -smoke BS Alert: The 'third-hand smoke' hoax http://www.examiner.com/public-policy-in-louisville/bs-alert-the-third-hand-smoke-hoax The thirdhand smoke scam http://velvetgloveironfist.blogspot.com/2010/02/thirdhand-smoke-scam.html Heart attacks Frauds and Myths.. http://www.spiked-on line.com/index.php/s ite/article/7451/ Piece of Propaganda #4: Anti-Smoking Campaigns http://francoistremblay.wordpress.com/2006/10/08/piece-of-propaganda-4-anti-smoking-campaigns/
john davidson March 26, 2012 at 01:36 AM
a.The association of ETS exposure with cancer other than lung cancer b.The relationship between ETS exposure and cardiovascular disease c.The relationship between ETS exposure and nonmalignant resporatory diseases such asthma,bronchitis and emphysema, and the effects of ETS on lung function and respiratory systems c. Possible mechanisms of ETS damage to the cardiovascular system,such as platelet aggravation,increased COHb leading to oxygen depravation,or damage to endothelium d.Effects of workplace smoking restrictions on the ETS exposure of nonsmokersand ETS-related health effects in nonsmokers After ten years of no conclusive research and lack of studies that didn't eliminate the bias OSHA decided that the studies did not have substance and here is there present policy. Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) Because the organic material in tobacco doesn't burn completely, cigarette smoke contains more than 4,700 chemical compounds. Although OSHA has no regulation that addresses tobacco smoke as a whole, 29 CFR 1910.1000 Air contaminants, limits employee exposure to several of the main chemical components found in tobacco smoke. In normal situations, exposures would not exceed these permissible exposure limits (PELs), and, as a matter of prosecutorial discretion, OSHA will not apply the General Duty Clause to ETS.
Pam March 26, 2012 at 12:07 PM
Congrats to the students on their achievement! And a big raspberry to John Davidson who seems to have his own agenda on this topic.
Jack Baillargeron March 26, 2012 at 11:14 PM
I agree, it is about a project the students excelled at. Though a smoker who is currently having with drawl on chantix lol, i still think it is the rigt of anyone to smoke or student to advocate not smoking, so kudo's to them. As for Davidson there, seems he has way to much time spent on his agenda lol.


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