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Great American Smoke Out Station at SUNY Cobleskill and Emoji Power-wall at Schoharie Central Next Week

Written By Editor on 11/10/16 | 11/10/16

 Advancing Tobacco Free Communities in Delaware, Otsego and Schoharie Counties (ATFC-DOS) in collaboration with staff at the Beard Wellness Center is working to build a healthier SUNY Cobleskill college campus where many live, learn, work and play. ATFC-DOS is funded by a grant from the New York State Bureau of Tobacco Control to the Research Foundation of SUNY at SUNY Cobleskill and works on a variety of initiatives to change the community environment to support New York State’s tobacco-free norm.

ATFC-DOS will host two Great American Smoke Out (GASO) stations on campus November 17th from 11 am to 2 pm in Champlin and Prentice dining halls. Every year, on the third Thursday of November, the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smoke Out challenges people to stop using tobacco and provides an opportunity to advocate for tobacco control initiatives. ATFC-DOS wants to encourage students, staff and faculty to “quit like a champion” even if just for a day. At the GASO table there will be information about tobacco issues and a list of cessation resources as well as quit pledge cards and tobacco-free campus pledge cards. If someone signs a quit pledge card, he/she will receive a pen or lanyard, but if someone turns in a pack of cigarettes/cigarillos/cigars/snus/smokeless tobacco in addition to signing a quit pledge card, he/she will earn a t-shirt. So plan to stop by and quit tobacco use. You can do it one day at a time.

Advancing Tobacco-Free Communities/Reality Check is working collaboratively with Schoharie Central School on a Great American Smoke Out (GASO) project with principal Kevin Calacone as the school’s point person. The GASO project highlights the statewide ad campaign Seen Enough Tobacco. A pad of paper emojis will be placed in each homeroom class grades 6-12.  Each student choosing to participate will be asked to write his/her name on a paper emoji so that it reads for example: “Joe has seen enough”. We also encourage students to collect signed emojis from other students and from family, staff and faculty members.  The homeroom collecting the most emojis will earn a pizza party as well as “We’ve Seen Enough” t-shirts. The collected emojis will be assembled into a highly visible power-wall within the school communicating that “We’ve Seen Enough Tobacco” to students, staff and visitors. The school’s GASO power-wall will help combat the large, visually appealing displays of tobacco products that are pervasive in stores and are intended to attract the interest of youth in addition to adult customers. In 2012 the U.S. Surgeon General concluded that tobacco industry marketing causes youth smoking.
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