Central students promote Great American Smokeout

Smoke Out Posters
Central seventh-graders, with the guidance of Central Middle School Health and PE teacher Carrie Saxon, recently made posters to promote the Great American Smokeout, set for today, Nov. 21. Sixteen students’ posters highlighted by their teachers include, front row: Alex Kalkes, Juan Trujillo, Alexis Larson, Ben Lano, Haley Patrin, Gen Munsterteiger, John Weege and Brielle Iddings. Back row: Zach Moser, Steven Wilkerling, Alix Schlegelmilch, Sadie Erickson, Sam Meeker, Audrey Steinhagen, Lily Schneider, Courtney Carlson, Rachel Slather and Camden Christopherson. First held in 1977, the annual recognition on the third Thursday of November promoted by the American Cancer Society to encourage smoker to quit smoking tobacco for 24 hours with the idea they will stop smoking forever. Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the U.S., yet about 43.8 million Americans still smoke cigarettes, which is nearly 1 in every 5 adults. As of 2010, there were also 13.2 million cigar smokers in the U.S., and 2.2 million who smoke tobacco in pipes — other dangerous and addictive forms of tobacco. For more information, visit www.cancer.org. (NYA Times staff photo by Adam Gruenewald)