In an effort to prevent teens from picking up that first cigarette and to help those who have already started, the American Cancer Society and ENT and Allergy Associates®, LLP (ENTA) are again teaming up to deliver a strong and relevant anti-smoking message to teens.
As part of ENTA’s commitment to the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout, which occurs today, ENTA is challenging high school students to create their own anti-smoking t-shirt design and compete for a $2000 prize. The contest is open to all public high school students throughout New York and New Jersey.
In further support of the effort, several ENTA doctors-along with the American Cancer Society Staff- will speak to students at local high schools about the dangers of smoking, how to deal with peer pressure, and how the tobacco industry targets its advertising to teens. The American Cancer Society Web site also includes financial benefits of quitting smoking, a cigarette calculator, and directions on how to become an advocate in the fight against the tobacco industry.
In addition, throughout the month of November, ENTA will offer patients materials on how to quit smoking in its 36 offices throughout the Greater New York and New Jersey area.
"The American Cancer Society is pleased to once again partner with ENTA on this year's Great American Smokeout," said Susan Petre, American Cancer Society, Regional Vice President. "Many adult smokers begin in their teen years, so by reaching youth early we hope to prevent teens from developing an addiction that can lead to serious illness, suffering and even death."
“Our practice, unfortunately, sees far too many patients suffering the harmful effects of prolonged tobacco use,” said Dr. Wayne Eisman, President of ENT and Allergy Associates. “We are delighted to help with cessation efforts, and extremely proud of the efforts of these high school students, who combined commitment and creativity to effectively get the message out to their fellow teens”.
ENT and Allergy Associates has a clinical alliance with the Mount Sinai Medical Center to fight head and neck cancer and esophageal cancer, by providing patients with comprehensive and seamless world class, first-of-a-kind approaches to superior healthcare
For more information about the American Cancer Society, call 1-800-227-2345 or log onto cancer.org. For more information about ENTA or the T-Shirt contest, call 914-984-2539 or 914-984-2523 or log onto www.entandallergy.com.