Teens Against Tobacco Use Celebrates the Great American Smokeout

Posted: December 12, 2011

The members of the Delaware Valley High School Teens Against Tobacco Use (T.A.T.U.) club encouraged smokers at the high school to use the Great American Smokeout to make a plan to quit.

Smoking is one of the leading causes of throat, mouth and lung cancer and the use of tobacco products, including dip, causes 5.4 million death per year.  Some of the T.A.T.U. students created a visual representation in the hallway of how the mouth and lungs of a smoker might look.  Students walked through a huge yellow, disease ridden set of teeth and entered a hallway of blackened lungs, an ugly uvula and pictures of diseased lungs, mouth and teeth due to tobacco use.  On the floor there were pictures of healthy lungs and a sign that said “step on these healthy lungs to blacken them the way tobacco does”.  In the background was a CD playing “coughing” sounds and anti-tobacco songs.   “Ciggy” walked around handing out pamphlets about the positive changes the body makes when a person quits smoking.  For free help to quit smoking anyone can call 1-800-QUITNOW or the local number 570-296-3400.