Charles J. Fuschillo Jr.

May 18, 2009

Photo caption: Senator Fuschillo shows 4th and 5th graders at William Rall Elementary School that some of the same chemicals found in ant & roach spray are also found in cigarettes.

4th and 5th grade students at William Rall Elementary School recently got a special visit from State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (8th Senate District), who came to teach them about the dangers of smoking and why they should say “no” to tobacco.

"Each year, tens of thousands of children under the age of 18 become new smokers," said Senator Fuschillo, a member of the Senate’s Health Committee and the author of New York State’s Clean Indoor Air law. "By teaching students the facts about tobacco and showing them some of the harmful ingredients that are in cigarettes, they will learn that smoking is a dangerous and deadly addiction."

Senator Fuschillo explained the harmful effects of smoking to the students and told them why it is important to stay away from cigarettes and other tobacco products. To illustrate some of the toxic ingredients contained in cigarettes, Senator Fuschillo showed the children a number of household items, such as ant & roach spray, batteries, moth balls, antifreeze, and nail polish remover, that have some of the same chemicals as cigarettes.

At the end of the presentation, each student received a "No Smoking Pledge" from Senator Fuschillo, which they can sign as a promise to stay away from smoking and commit to a healthy life.

Senator Fuschillo is making his “No Smoking Pledges” available to children throughout his district. Parents who would like to request a pledge packet and have their child commit to say "no" to tobacco can do so by calling Senator Fuschillo's office at 516-882-0630.