New Vision Allied Health students from the Center for Instruction, Technology and Innovation recently coordinated an anti-tobacco program at Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Junior/Senior High School to reinforce the negative impacts of tobacco products.
The program, called “Students Against Smoking,” was sparked after New Vision students read the shocking results from an assessment completed by the Oswego County Health Department, which found that nearly 32 percent of adults across Oswego County smoke.
The program included a presentation from Reality Check of New York, a statewide movement against the tobacco industry and their deceptive marketing practices against teenagers and young adults.
Throughout the presentation, representatives from Reality Check of New York provided students with alarming statistics and treads related to teenage tobacco use.
New Vision students also led an assortment of demonstrations to showcase what life is like for some tobacco users.
The demonstrations included walking with an oxygen tank to exhibit its weight and attempting to breathe through a straw after physical activity to signify lung capacity.
“It’s nice to see kids I know,” said APW and New Vision student Leah Ruggaber. “They need to know these things because they think it’s cool to use tobacco products. They’re thinking about now and not thinking about their future.”
New Vision Allied Health Instructor Kimberly Wright said she was very proud of her students for coordinating the event, noting the hard work and dedication each student put into the project.
“What was great about this project is that students were able to get a glimpse into the hard work that health care professionals do in Oswego County to educate the community on tobacco prevention. It’s important for students to not only receive education, but also educate each other,” said Wright.
New Vision student Shanell Meyers, from the Oswego City School District, echoed those sentiments.
“It took a lot of work, but if we can stop one student from smoking, then it was well worth it,” Meyers said.