Anti-Tobacco Message to be Emphasized at State High School Basketball Tourney

March 12, 2002

The West Virginia Department of Education’s Office of Healthy Schools, the West Virginia Bureau for Public Health and the West Virginia Secondary Schools Activities Commission have “teamed up” against big tobacco at this year’s West Virginia High School basketball tournaments.  

When the West Virginia High School Boys Basketball Tournament kicks off tomorrow at the Charleston Civic Center, the West Virginia Department of Education and the Bureau for Public Health will launch their tobacco prevention programs complete with displays and interactive activities.  

According to Dean Lee, Office of Healthy Schools, “we will have an informational display booth set up on the second floor concession area and banners will be posted throughout the Civic Center with tobacco prevention messages. It is our goal to reach as many young people as possible in an effort to deter them from using any kind of tobacco products.”  

A special interactive half-time activity called “One Minute Drill Against Big Tobacco” has been designed to involve students in putting together a tobacco prevention puzzle. The cooperating agencies will also have a message on each ticket with the theme, “Winning the Game Against Big Tobacco.”  

“It is important that we continue to deliver the message to our students that smoking is a risky behavior,” said Lee. “We need to take every opportunity to remind them that tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death.”  

For more information, contact Dean Lee or Beverly McCloud at the West Virginia Department of Education at (304) 558-8830.

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