Seventh- and eighth-grade students at Brownington Central School participated in a Tobacco Prevention program recently.

The students discussed the various health risks and other consequences associated with tobacco use. This was followed by a PowerPoint presentation and discussion of the advertising techniques the tobacco industry has and is using to recruit and maintain tobacco users.

As a follow-up to the program the students created their own counter ads to influence students to make the healthy decision to "Say NO!" to tobacco. This program was provided by Northeast Kingdom Learning Services/HealthWorks ONE Tobacco Specialist Nancy Rae at the request of the school nurse, Joanne George. This and other similar programs are made available through the Healthy Communities grant from the Vermont Department of Health.

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