05 | 25 | 2016

NYC Smoke-Free at Public Health Solutions Sponsors World No Tobacco Day at AMSU

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
Contact:

Patrick Dannenhoffer
Phone: (718)-364-5353, ext. 228
Email: pdannenhoffer@amsu.org

Bronx, NY -  On May 31, 2016, AMSU student leaders from NYC Smoke-Free at Public Health Solutions will be hosting a World No Tobacco Day event. As a way of demonstrating how the Academy of Mount St. Ursula is celebrating and supporting World No Tobacco Day, AMSU will be signing a policy which states that the school would not show youth-rated movies where smoking is displayed.

World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) is observed around the world every year on May 31. It is intended to encourage a 24-hour period of abstinence from all forms of tobacco consumption around the globe. The day is further intended to draw attention to the widespread prevalence of tobacco use and to negative health effects. By signing a "Smoke Free Movie" policy, movies shown at the school rated G, PG or PG-13 would not have smoking scenes in them unless it is for historical context and social justice issues. This is important because smoking in movies does recruit 187,000 new teen smokers every year and tobacco companies mainly target our teens through these movies. Signing the agreement is just one more step in the  continuation to protect its students from Big Tobacco and their overexposure to the teen population.

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Reality Check - a student led, adult supported program for those between the ages of 13 through 18. The statewide program is composed of multiple student run chapters’ across New York State. Each chapter works to expose the deceptive marketing tactics of the tobacco industry through education, advocacy outreach and media campaigns. For more information, go to www.realitycheckofny.com.

NYC Smoke-Free - a program of Public Health Solutions, NYC Smoke-Free works to protect the health of New Yorkers through tobacco control policy, advocacy, and education. Formerly the NYC Coalition for a Smoke-Free City, we partner with community members, legislators, and health advocates to support local efforts to end the devastating tobacco epidemic throughout NYC. We believe every New Yorker has the right to breathe clean, smoke-free air where they live, work and play.

Public Health Solutions - As one of the largest public health service nonprofit organizations in New York City, Public Health Solutions improves health among the city’s most vulnerable populations by tackling social, physical, and environmental factors that impact New Yorkers’ ability to thrive. Today PHS serves 200,000+ New Yorkers annually, and we support the work of more than 600 community-based nonprofit organizations. We implement innovative, cost-effective population-based health programs; conduct research providing insight on effective public health interventions; and provide services to government and other nonprofits to address public health issues. Together with our colleagues in the service sector, government, philanthropy and policy organizations, we are thought leaders and cutting-edge public health professionals in New York City and New York State. To learn more, please visit us at www.healthsolutions.org.

Academy of Mount St. Ursula – founded in 1855 – is a Catholic college preparatory school that serves college bound women. AMSU instills in them a love of learning and a broader global view. Following the Ursuline tradition, students receive a strong foundation in Academics, Arts and Service. In a family atmosphere and nestled on a beautiful 10 acre campus, the school encourages students’ individual dreams and strives to empower its students for leadership in society. For more information, please visit www.amsu.org.

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