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|"Stank You for Not Smoking"
|The Knox County Health Department honored four Knox County area youth at Knoxville Junior High School on May 12th. The sixth grade youth were honored for their outstanding entries in the "Stank You For Not Smoking" Anti-Tobacco Ad Contest. The Ad Contest, which is held in honor of World No Tobacco Day, recognizes the reasons why Knox County youth are happy that restaurants are smoke-free. World No Tobacco Day occurs on May 31st this year.
As of January 2010, more than 60 percent of the U.S. population, or more than 190 million people, live in areas that have passed strong smoke-free laws covering restaurants and bars -- a figure that has nearly doubled in size in three years. Strong smoke-free restaurant and bar laws are important because:
* There is overwhelming scientific evidence that secondhand tobacco smoke is a direct cause of lung cancer, heart disease and lung and bronchial infections.
* Smoke-free laws help protect restaurant and bar employees and patrons from the harms of secondhand smoke.
* Smoke-free laws help the seven out of every ten smokers who want to quit smoking
The four finalists represent one school in Knox County, Knoxville Junior High School. Schools involved with the contest were Hedding Grade School, ROWVA East Elementary School and Steele Elementary School. The contest was sponsored by City of Galesburg Recreation Department, Galesburg Broadcasting Company, Galesburg Community Foundation, Go Van Gogh's, Illinois Department of Public Health, Knox County Health Department, and Knox County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition Tobacco Task Force. All participants received a "Stank You For Not Smoking" pencil and bookmark. Each finalist was awarded with a certificate of recognition, day passes to Lakeside, and the honor of having their commercials played on all four stations at the Galesburg Broadcasting Company, WAAG- FM 95, WGIL Galesburg Radio 14, WLSR Pure Rock, 92.7FM "The Laser", and WKAY- 105.3 KFM, starting May 17th. The overall winner also received a new bike and helmet.
For more information on tobacco please contact the Knox County Health Department at 309-344-2224.
(Knox County Health Department)
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