The East Hawaii unit of the Coalition for Tobacco-Free Hawaii is sponsoring a student poster contest to help remind everyone of the Hawaii County law passed in August 2010 which prohibits smoking in all motor vehicles with children 17 years old and younger.
“To commemorate the law’s third anniversary, the Tobacco-Free East Hawaii coalition invites high school students in grades 9-12 to submit artwork for this year’s ‘Keep Me Smoke-free — It’s the Law’ poster contest,” said coalition East Hawaii coordinator Sally Ancheta.
“The passage of this law was intended to reduce the health hazards of tobacco secondhand smoke in children’s developing lungs, by protecting them from the 4,000 chemicals, of which 200 are poisonous and nearly 70 cause cancer,” explained Ancheta. “With the high rates of childhood asthma in Hawaii, reducing secondhand smoke can decrease a child’s chance of developing further asthma complications, upper and lower respiratory infections, lung cancer and heart disease.
“Not smoking in vehicles also promotes healthier lifestyle choices for Hawaii’s families,” she noted.
Students may design and submit up to two posters apiece for the contest. Posters will be judged on positive messages that must include somewhere on the poster “Keep Me Smoke-Free-It’s the Law,” as well as artistic quality and design. The winning posters may be reproduced to promote smoke-free vehicles and will be displayed throughout county facilities.
Art contest guidelines and entry forms will be distributed to all East Hawaii high schools and are available as well online at http://tinyurl.com/art4tfeh. Posters must be turned in by Tuesday, Oct. 15, to Hui Malama Ola Na ‘Oiwi offices in Hilo or Pahoa or mailed to the East Hawaii Coalition at 741 Heahea St., Hilo HI 96720.
Prizes of $25 and $50 gift cards from East Hawaii merchants will be awarded to the third- and second-place winners, respectively, and the first-place winner will receive a $75 gift card.
Artwork will be on display at county offices in November to celebrate the Great American Smokeout, and winners will be awarded at the screening of the dynamic documentary, “Addiction Incorporated,” on Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 6:30 p.m. at the University of Hawaii at Hilo in room UCB-100. For more information, contact Ancheta at 936-2686 or firstname.lastname@example.org.