The Coalition for Tobacco-Free Maui (CTFM) and its many partners present two exciting community events. The first is an art contest for Maui County kids grades six through eight with the theme of Smoke-Free Cars = Healthy Kids & 'Ohana. The second event is the Great American Smoke Out, on Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Maui Mall from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., where there will be entertainment, food and family fun for all.
Students may submit up to two posters for the contest, which will be judged on its positive message, artistic quality and design that may be reproduced to promote smoke-free vehicles. Art contest guidelines and entry forms have been distributed to all schools and are available upon request from Maui Coordinator Sonya Niess at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posters are due by Tuesday, Nov. 1 and can be dropped off at all intermediate school offices. Prizes will be awarded to the winners of each grade level division and to an overall winner at the Great American Smoke Out on Saturday, Nov. 19.
CTFM has been working with the community to help educate on the dangers of smoking in all motor vehicles with children 17 years of age and younger. The group also wants to remind our community that the intent is to reduce the health hazards of tobacco secondhand smoke to children's developing lungs by protecting them from the high volume of harmful particulates that condense in dangerous levels inside of vehicles.
With the high rates of child asthma in Hawai'i, limiting secondhand smoke exposure, especially for kids, can reduce chances of developing further asthma complications or respiratory infections, lung cancer, and heart disease. Not smoking in vehicles can also reduce toxic litter such as cigarette butts and tobacco packaging, and promotes healthier lifestyle choices for Hawai'i's families.
For more information, visit www.tobaccofreehawaii.org/maui.