Today marks the launch of an in-school freedom-from-tobacco campaign. I'm working with a couple of friends who are educators and youth advocates. I'm also working with John Polito, a national tobacco deterrence/cessation educator. It is John's opinion that an effective in-school program does not currently exist.
My eldest son, Quentin, died of smoking-related illness at the age of 23. Quentin smoked right up to the end. Please take a minute to visit Mr. Polito's website, http://www.whyquit.com/ where he has posted Quentin's story and a few pictures under a headline banner. Quentin is also included in the "Smokers' Memorials" section, at #62. I hope that by telling Quentin's story, someone somewhere may be spared the excruciating pain and devastating loss that we suffered. And if you use tobacco, look around at some of the other stories and resources at http://www.whyquit.com/.
To launch the NIX ON NICOTINE campaign, I announced today an art contest for design of a logo/mascot for the program. Grand prize is $250 cash! If you're interested in submitting an entry, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I'll send you the contest announcement and entry form.