Davenport High School Students Expose Dangers of Tobacco Use

High School students in Davenport spoke out against “Big Tobacco” during the 18th annual “Kick Butts Day.”

Davenport Central High School’s Shades of Success group paired up with the Center for Alcohol and Drug Services to expose tobacco companies who market their products toward teenagers.

Students set up a booth in the lunch room on Thursday, March 28 with information about tobacco addiction as well as a “tar jar” for students to look at and a list of different types of cancers caused by tobacco use.

“We feel if we can give them the opportunity to know some of the serious health consequences then they will stop,” said Center for Alcohol and Drug Services, Nancy Offenhiser.

“We even had a couple interventions to where we sat kids down and talked to them and made a couple of options for them to stop smoking.”

Participants of the Shades of Success group also organized a scavenger hunt and wrote statistics about tobacco on school sidewalks.

“We even had a couple interventions,” said Shades of Success member, Zayne Phililps. “We sat kids down and talked to them and made a couple of options for them to stop smoking.”

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