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Winning Videos: Tobacco--I'm Not Buying It

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Sara Bellum

According to the Surgeon General’s report on smoking and young people, more than 600,000 middle school students and 3 million high school students smoke cigarettes.

In March 2012, the Surgeon General launched a video contest encouraging teens to develop videos around the facts in the tobacco report. SBB announced the contest, and now we want to share the winners.

Grand Prize Winner (Ages 13–17 Category): “Tobacco—I’m Not Buying It Rap”

The Manatee Youth for Christ SOZO team from Bradenton, Florida, raps about the dangers of smoking and why some teenagers start smoking, emphasizing with the chorus, “Tobacco OH NO I Ain’t Buying It.”

Grand Prize Winner (Ages 18–25 Category): “You Don’t Smoke Cigarettes, Cigarettes Smoke You”

Ayyaz Amjad’s video features a young man who realizes that people who smoke may not be as in control as they might think.

Grand Prize Winner (Spanish Category): “El Tabaco y la industria”

A narrator describes the dangers of smoking as her friends hold up signs with selected facts on them. The video was created by Sarah Skipper, Karolina Almasi, Taylor Crews, Natalie Curtis, and Malorie McKinnon.

Check out all the winning videos, including the runners-up.

What do you think of the videos? Do their messages inspire you to make your own video or to think differently about smoking?

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Hi all,
These are very haunting statistics, and I'm glad that we are taking these precautions to prevent teen smoking. I also like that we are using technology to promote this message. I do however want to point out that video games [commercial links removed, per guideines] might be able to keep teens occupied with something less harmful. Even television shows [commercial links removed, per guidelines] can keep kids off tobacco for good! Hope I helped :)!

Cigarettes smoking is dangerous to your health. This is a nice video people who using cigarettes must watch this video, Thank you for sharing it. [commercial link removed, per guidelines]

i smoke cigarrettes and ive tried to quit is there somthing that helps even more with the erges