Sunday, April 12, 2015

Campanie: Spunem NU fumatului!

PC requires us healthE's to do at least 1 school campaign every year. This year my partner and i did an anti-smoking campaign. It was 2 weeks long and involved many different activities, including a lesson on the dangers of smoking, anti-smoking "badges" pinned on everyone's shirts to be worn every day of the 2 week campaign, anti-smoking/dangers of smoking posters the students made that we hung up in the stairwell so everyone would have to pass by them throughout the days, anti-smoking videos, anti-smoking flyers the students made and hung up around the village - in the magazine (stores), primaria (mayor's office), biserica (church), etc, and tracings of students hand with reasons written in them of why to not smoke and hung up on the wall in the shape of a heart. 

I've never done any kind of campaign before, so it was a learning experience! I'll be more ready for it next year...this year i let my partner kinda take the reigns on it and lead the way, which was good!

The first thing we did was teach a lesson on the dangers of smoking. For the beginning of the lesson i gave all the students one of my "special" cigarettes, which they were all excited about. Then i told them to pull on the orange end, which pulled out a piece of paper with a different cigarette fact per cigarette. Then they read their facts out loud to the class. It was a very successful activity! The students really had fun with it!
Some of the facts:
- There are more than one billion smokers in the world.
- Tobacco use kills 5.4 million people a year - an average of one person every 6 seconds - 
  and accounts for one in 10 adult deaths worldwide.
- Tobacco kills up to half of all users.
- Tobacco use is a risk factor for 6 of the 8 leading causes of death in the world.
- 100 million deaths were caused by tobacco in the 20th century if current trends continue, 
  there will be up to 1 billion deaths in the 21st century.
- Smoking causes cancer, heart disease, stroke, lung disease, and diabetes.
- For every person who dies from a smoking-related disease, at least 30 people suffer from 
  smoking-related diseases.
- On average, smokers die 10 years earlier than nonsmokers.
- Every cigarette a person smokes reduces their life by 10 minutes.
- Cigarettes cause yellowing of teeth, skin wrinkling, and premature graying of hair.
- Smoking slows lung growth in children and adolescents.
- Almost 9 out of 10 types of lung cancer are caused by smoking.
- Smoking causes many types of cancer, including cancers of the throat, mouth cavity, nose, 
  esophagus, stomach, pancreas, kidney, bladder, and cervix, as well as acute myeloid leukemia.
- Non-smokers who are exposed to secondhand smoke at home or work are at increased risk of 
  lung cancer by 20-30%, and their heart disease risk by 25-30%.
- A cigarette contains more than 4,000 chemicals, over 40 of which are known to cause cancer.
- 15 billion cigarettes are smoked every day worldwide.
- Cigarettes are the single most traded item on the planet, with approximately 1 trillion being sold 
  to each year.

Another part of the dangers of smoking lesson was i had the students come up to the poster below to match the chemical found in cigarettes with it's correct description. They liked this one a lot too!

Here's the stairwell showcasing the students' anti-smoking posters:

The posters 1 by 1:

And the stairwell again:

And finally the students' hands with their own reasons for not smoking:

Overall, the campaign was pretty successful and the students had fun participating! YAY!!

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