MMS and Alliance Tobacco Poster Contest Winners Honored at State House

Vital Signs: November 2013

Entry Period for 2014 Contest Open through Feb. 14, 2014

The MMS recently celebrated the 12 student winners of the MMS and Alliance 19th Annual Anti Tobacco Poster Contest.

In his remarks to the children, their families, and legislators, MMS President Ronald Dunlap, M.D., said, “As we all know, children establish good health habits at an early age. It’s also true that the younger you start smoking, the harder it is to quit.” Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable disease, disability, and death in Massachusetts and in the nation, he said. “Although we have accomplished much in the fight to reduce the number of deaths attributed to smoking, we can and must do more,” calling children “important allies” in the fight against tobacco use.

The entry period for next year’s contest has begun and will continue through February 14, 2014. Kits, including a 2014 calendar developed from last year’s winning entries, will be mailed in early November to elementary schools, pediatricians, and family physicians across Massachusetts.

Artists submitting the 12 winning posters will be invited, with their families, physicians, and legislators, to a ceremony at the Massachusetts State House. They will receive a $50 gift certificate and will be recognized on the MMS website and in news releases sent to local media outlets.

Anti Tobacco Poster Contest 2013 Winners

(Back row, left to right) — MMS Alliance President Paula Madison, Tessa Curtis, Gabriella Finocchio, Shrirang Sane, Arieanna Moran, Emma Erickson, Adia Bond, MMS President Ronald Dunlap, M.D., and MMS Committee on Student Health and Sports Medicine member Janet Kent, M.D. (Front row, left to right) — Katherine McCarthy, Aayda Deshmukh, Gianna Rocchio, Zoe Langlois. Photo by Jill Cricones

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