Surgeon General's Video Contest: Tobacco - I'm Not Buying It!

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Picture of a girl protesting tobacco.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is betting that young people have something powerful to say about smoking. Teens 13–17 years old and young adults 18–25 years old are invited to develop original videos that feature one or more of these findings from the recent Surgeon General’s report on tobacco use and young people:

  • Cigarette smoking by teens and young adults immediately starts a series of health consequences that include addiction, lung problems, asthma, and heart disease.
  • Advertising and promotional activities by tobacco companies influence adolescents and young adults to start and continue smoking.
  • Use of tobacco products by teens and young adults shows signs of increasing after years of steady decline.

Submit a video by yourself or with a group of friends, and you could win up to $1,000!

Why You Should Submit a Video

Approximately 88 percent of adults who smoke cigarettes daily report that they started smoking before age 18. Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable and premature death in America, killing more than 1,200 people every day. For every tobacco-related death, two new young people become regular smokers. To keep their companies in business, tobacco manufacturers need new people to pick up the habit. This contest is an opportunity to tell them and others why YOU won’t be one of them!

Contest Rules

The deadline for submitting a video is April 20, 2012. Individuals or groups can submit videos in English or Spanish. All submissions must be made through Go there to learn more and submit your video for the tobacco contest. Grand prize winners in each of four categories will receive $1,000. Three runners-up in each category will receive $500. Find inspiration for your video by checking out these resources:

Find Help Near You

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