The American Cancer Society and the Relay For Life

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On April 9th, 2014, The American Cancer Society sponsored Relay For Life in support of people who have battled cancer, who have lost loved ones, and who will continue to fight against the disease. This event was suitable for our Tobacco team because it allowed us to educationally campaign the harmful dangers that are correlated with smoking or chewing tobacco. After several meetings of preparing, our group was able to attend Relay For Life and achieve effective tobacco awareness activities, interactions, results, and analytical data. Beginning with our first activity, Dear Tobacco, our idea was to get students to actively participate in voicing their opinions/ experiences on the use of tobacco whether it is positive or negative by writing…show more content…
Every day household items such as, cleaning products, hair dye, nail polish remover, candle wax, and many more, were displayed on our table to show our audience what they’re exposed to but aren’t itemized on any cigarette or chewing tobacco labels. At the end of our presentation, we calculated all the raffle tickets for the contest and found 67 in total participated in the activity. Afterwards, the person with the closest guess of 531 was announced the winner and awarded the 50 dollar Visa gift card. Next was our third activity, Breathe Easy, where our main goal was to have individuals simulate respiration of a smoker by participating in physical activities for ten to fifteen seconds and then, while holding down their nose, try breathing through a straw. Preparing for the activity required a pack of straws, plastic bag for the disposal of used straws, and high energy. Our group found it most challenging trying to get people to participate because it involved being singled out and stared at by the rest of Relay For Life. In order to make our audience feel more comfortable and less shy, we had to actively involve ourselves. Whenever a group member suggested our activity we would offer to participate with them by doing jumping jacks together. As soon as one person did it, then someone else walking by would become curious and stop to ask. Eventually, it became

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