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Donation Allows Smoking Cessation and Prevention Program to Host Art Contest

In Brief

  • Crozer-Keystone’s Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program recently received a donation of $815 in the memory of local resident Kathleen Jones.
  • The Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program will use the donation toward more education programs in Delaware County schools.
  • Tobacco users are encouraged to participate in the Clear the Air program, a free six-session course offered by Crozer-Keystone through funds provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, in collaboration with the Health Promotion Council.

Crozer-Keystone’s Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program recently received a donation of $815 in the memory of local resident Kathleen Jones.

In lieu of flowers, Jones’ family and friends asked that donations be made in the memory of her to the Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program. The donation made it possible for the program to host a tobacco art contest for 10th grade students in the Chester Upland School District. 

More than 450 10th grade students throughout the district were educated about the dangers of tobacco use, tobacco marketing tactics toward youth and the effects of secondhand smoke. Then students created a piece of art that would promote a tobacco-free and healthy lifestyle. 

After reviewing the entries, 10 pieces of art were awarded prizes. Krystal Thomas earned the top prize. Her drawing depicts the earth choking on a mentholated cigarette with the quote “Houston…we have a problem!” 

Another top entry was by Shawn Jennings. He summed up the message that the program felt most embodied the message for young adults regarding the use of tobacco: “Don’t let your dreams end up in smoke!”

The Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program will use the donation toward more education programs in Delaware County schools. “In the face of sadness, an act of kindness has been given to us. We want to thank the Jones family for their generous donation. Through this gift, it has allowed us the opportunity to educate more Delaware County youth about the dangers of tobacco use and preventing today’s youth from becoming tomorrow’s tobacco users,” says Nicole Goldsboro, health educator. 

Tobacco users are encouraged to participate in the Clear the Air program, a six-session course offered by Crozer-Keystone. The program uses a positive behavioral change approach that teaches you how to become a nonsmoker for good. Free nicotine replacement therapy is also available for those who qualify. The programs are offered free of charge through funds provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, in collaboration with the Health Promotion Council.  

For more information about the Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program, call Community Health Education at (610) 447-6009.

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