Each day, more than 1,000 children become regular smokers in the United States, while the average age for children to start smoking is 11 years old. It is critical to reach students at an early age before they ever start to smoke.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma and our community partners want to work with you to help educate your students on the dangers of tobacco use through the hands-on, educational Be Smart—Don't Start Anti-Tobacco Campaign.
Students in Misty Granger's sixth hour class at Piedmont Intermediate School in Piedmont, Oklahoma, were selected as the grand prize winner in the ninth annual Be Smart—Don't Start Anti-Tobacco Contest.
The Be Smart—Don't Start contest introduced new categories in 2013, which include video, audio and visual entries. Also new this year, students submitted entries together as a class instead of individual submissions.
Their entry was professionally recorded for use as a TV public service announcement (PSA) starring the sixth hour students.
Participating in Be Smart—Don't Start is fun and easy for the entire classroom. The new interactive curriculum DVD is Smart Board compatible and includes the new Oklahoma C3 Standards for the two grade divisions, kindergarten through 2nd grade and 3rd through 5th grade.
Request a copy of the new interactive curriculum and learn more about the Be Smart—Don't Start Anti-Tobacco Campaign in your classroom.
Smoking cigarettes hurts your lungs and can make you and the people around you sick. Cigarettes are expensive, have poisons in them and contain an addictive drug called nicotine. You can be a hero and never start smoking.