Preparatory School participated in the state-wide activities to take
action against Big Tobacco on March 21, 2012, the 17th annual Kick
Butts Day. The Day is designed for thousands of young people in every
state and around the world to speak up and seize control against Big
Tobacco, the manufactures and purveyors of tobacco products that
specifically target youth. Hundreds of young people went to Boston that
day as part of The 84 group's effort to
make legislators aware of the targeting of youth by tobacco companies.
Cigarette smoking among high school students has also been declining since
1995, when it reached a peak of 35.7%
in 1995. It is now less than half of that at about 16%. In Fall
River, however, the use of smokeless tobacco products is rising and, for
the first time, exceeds the use of cigarettes. Tobacco
companies spend $35
million a day
market their products, far more than states spend to discourage its use.
Retail cigarette advertising and lower prices for single sale cigars and
other flavored tobacco products increase the likelihood that youth will
initiate smoking and move from experimentation to regular smoking.
(Top row) Markee Malone and Joey Novo point to their anti-smoking manikins that illustrate the health ill effects of smoking. (Middle row) Broseph Correia and Kelsey Richard pose in front of their manikins. (Bottom row, left and right) Anthony Carvalho and Markee pose in front of the posters they made illustrating the cancer-causing effects of smoking and the fact that cigarette smoke stinks. (Bottom row, center) Broseph, RPS teacher Darlee Pavao, Alexis Arruda, Markee, Anthony and Joey pose for a group photo in front of the display in the school hallway.