03/12/2010 in press release
Joins American Cancer Society and Mt. Sinai Medical Center to Present Awards to NY and NJ High School Students
White Plains, NY – ENT and Allergy Associates, LLP (ENTA), together with the American Cancer Society and the Mt. Sinai Medical Center, honored two high school students and their schools for their anti-smoking efforts in the form of powerful and creative original songs. The awards went to Tejan Edwards and Alexander Hamilton High School (Elmsford NY), and Augustina Mensa-Kwao and Bergen County Academies (Hackensack, NJ), and are to be presented at the Westchester County Association’s Annual Legislative Breakfast and the Bergen County REBEL Learning Institute event (sponsored by The Center For Alcohol And Drug Resources), respectively.
This is the second year that ENTA and its partners conducted a high school anti-smoking contest in conjunction with the Great American Smoke Out, in an effort to engage teens in the effort to stop smoking. This year’s song contest challenged students to musically express the dangers associated with smoking, as a way of discouraging their peers from taking up the habit. The $2,000 award (donated by ENT & Allergy to both the NY and NJ winner) is to be split between each school and its student songwriters/ performers. More than a dozen students participated by writing and performing a song—and one high school student in NJ and one in NY were selected.
“While no formal studies have been conducted on how this year’s financial meltdown is impacting smoking rates, stress and cigarettes have, in the past, gone hand in hand.
According to the American Cancer Society, smokers often mention stress as one of the main reasons for going back to smoking. Stress is a part of everyone's lives, smokers and non-smokers alike. The difference is that smokers have come to use nicotine to help cope with stress and unpleasant emotions. Experts say that when quitting, you have to learn new ways of handling stress. There are much healthier and more effective ways than smoking to deal with problems,” added Sue Petre, American Cancer Society.
“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”.
For more information about the American Cancer Society, call 1-800-227-2345 or log onto www.cancer.org. For more information about ENTA, call 914-984-2531 or log onto www.entandallergy.com.
Contact: Drew Franklin
Senior Manager, Marketing and Physician Relations