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West Valley seeks to stamp out smoking on Nov. 21

SMOKE SCREEN — West Valley Reality Check made this bedsheet to encourage students to stop smoking.

SPRINGVILLE — On Nov. 21, youth from across New York state recognized the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout. On GASO, smokers were asked to quit smoking for at least one day.

This year, West Valley’s Reality Check group designed a bedsheet, to be displayed at West Valley Central School, on the morning of GASO. West Valley student Ken Dash said, “Youth need to stop becoming replacements for the people who die from their own tobacco use.”

The youth smoking rate in Cattaraugus County is 22 percent, which is almost double New York state’s average of 11.9 percent. Cigarettes are still the main tobacco product used by youth, but electronic cigarettes and flavored cigars are becoming more popular, among youth, according to Reality Check.

For more information on the Great American Smokeout, visit www.cancer.org. For more information on how to help protect youth from tobacco products, visit www.realitycheckofny.com.
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