Kearney 5th Grader Wins State-Wide Tobacco Prevention Poster Contest
May 04, 2018
Brooklyn Lewis, a 5th-grade student at Buffalo Hills Elementary, received first place in the state-wide American Academy of Family Physicians Tar Wars® poster contest. Her hand drawn poster depicts the Joker smoking a cigarette and warns “Smokers Are Jokers-Don’t be like this joke and let your future go up in smoke.” Lewis will receive a monetary prize of $500 and her poster will be featured in the Nebraska Academy of Family Physicians quarterly magazine, website, and email newsletter. Lewis is the daughter of Josh and Stephanie Lewis of Kearney.
Since 2011, the Cancer Center staff from CHI Health Good Samaritan have implemented Tar Wars® in area schools and have reached 4,127 students. The pro-health, tobacco-free program is designed to teach fourth and fifth graders about the negative health effects of tobacco use, the cost associated with using tobacco products, and the advertising techniques used by the tobacco industry to market their products to youth. The Tar Wars® program is shown to be effective in preventing tobacco use.