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The American Cancer Society And The Relay For Life

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On April 9th, 2014, The American Cancer Society sponsored Relay For Life in support of people who have battled cancer, who have lost loved ones, and who will continue to fight against the disease. This event was suitable for our Tobacco team because it allowed us to educationally campaign the harmful dangers that are correlated with smoking or chewing tobacco. After several meetings of preparing, our group was able to attend Relay For Life and achieve effective tobacco awareness activities, interactions, results, and analytical data. Beginning with our first activity, Dear Tobacco, our idea was to get students to actively participate in voicing their opinions/ experiences on the use of ...view middle of the document...

We were even so kind enough to allow participants to take the clipboard away from our table so that they could write their letter in privacy at their time. At the end, the results of the evaluation show 16 letters were written for Dear Tobacco. Moving on to our second activity, the Cigarette Butt Contest, our point was to make the audience aware of the hazards that cigarette smoking not only brings to our health but to our environment as well. Preparing for the Cigarette Butt Contest was not as easy as I thought. It definitely took time and effort to go out on George Street and pick up every single cigarette butt we saw starting from Morris Street making our way all the way down to Albany Street. Jesenia and I handpicked all the cigarette butts we could find with as much effort as digging through the plants and cracks on the sidewalks. Afterwards, we sat down and with great disgust, thoroughly counted every single cigarette butt and in within two hours we were done. In total, we calculated 527 cigarette butts which is equivalent to 2.37 liters. In the matter of 365 days, with the same parameters, that would total to 865.05 liters! The point in converting one day to one year was to open the eyes of the participants to see how one small section of New Brunswick, NJ can have such a harmful addiction. At Relay For Life, the Cigarette Butt Contest was a definite success but mostly because of the wonderful 50 dollar Visa gift card 7-eleven donated to our project. We made sure to make signs advertising their chances of winning the gift card if they just simply made an educated guess of how many cigarette butts were in the clear, plastic container. Majority of the participants entered the contest in hopes of winning the gift card without even seeing the container of cigarette butts first. As soon as they were given the container, the gift card slipped their minds for a few seconds, and their facial expressions went from excited to disgusted. Moments like those showed how regardless of whether or not the participant was a smoker, our team was making an impact on their awareness of cigarette smoking. Also, it allowed our group to visually inform the audience of the hazardous chemicals found in cigarettes, spit tobacco and even second-hand smoke. Every day household items such as, cleaning products, hair dye, nail polish remover, candle wax, and many more, were displayed on our table to show our audience what they’re exposed to but aren’t itemized on any cigarette or chewing tobacco labels. At the end of our presentation, we calculated all the raffle tickets for the contest and found 67 in total participated in the activity. Afterwards, the person with the closest guess of 531 was announced the winner and awarded the 50 dollar Visa gift card. Next was our third activity, Breathe Easy, where our main goal was to have individuals simulate respiration of a smoker by participating in physical activities for ten to fifteen seconds and then, while holding down...

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