Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (8th Senate District) and Assemblyman Joseph Saladino (12th Assembly District) recently visited the fifth grade students at Fairfield Elementary School in Massapequa to urge them to say "no" to tobacco.
"Tobacco use is the number one preventable cause of death in America today. According to the American Cancer Society, 3,000 children start to smoke every day, so we need to send students the message that smoking is a dangerous and unhealthy habit that will destroy their lives," Senator Fuschillo said.
Students were advised of deadly chemicals used to manufacture tobacco products and how the tobacco industry uses advertising and marketing strategies to target them as potential smokers. Students were shown other products that contained many of the same chemical ingredients as cigarettes. Items included antifreeze, rat poison, batteries, paint thinner, ant & roach killer, moth balls and nail polish remover.
The students also learned that over 430,000 people die as a result of smoking each year in the United States, and that the tobacco companies spend over $1 million a day in advertising in New York State alone.
At the end of the presentation, each student received a "No Smoking Pledge" from Senator Fuschillo, which children can sign as a promise to stay away from smoking and commit to a healthy life.
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