Tobacco prevention and control saves lives and money. There is no such thing as a safe tobacco product.
David Neville talks about the Contest on Studio 5
Each year the Utah Department of Health conducts this contest to encourage kids to use their brains to counter the tobacco industry’s marketing.
Last year UDOH received more than 7,000 entries from fourth and fifth graders from across Utah.
Ninety percent of adult smokers begin lighting up before age 19 and one in three will eventually die of their addiction.
The tobacco industry spends $60 million each year in Utah peddling their poison.
Efforts like the contest have been effective, helping to drive the youth smoking rate down by 34 percent since The TRUTH campaign began in 1999.
The 2010 Anti-tobacco Advertising Contest is open to fourth and fifth grade students statewide.
Participants may enter by drawing or writing an original billboard, TV or radio ad and submitting it by March 26, 2010.
The “Best of Show” will be professionally produced and awarded $400.
The mission of the Utah Department of Health is to protect the public’s health through preventing avoidable illness, injury, disability and premature death, assuring access to affordable, quality health care, and promoting healthy lifestyles.
For entry forms, rules, or more information please visit ww.YouthAgainstTobacco.com