ST. MARTIN, MS (WLOX) - Students at St. Martin North Elementary School are learning to reject all tobacco products. The message is being relayed through performance.
Did you know around 500 nonsmokers in Mississippi die from tobacco-related illnesses every year? That's according to Reject All Tobacco, a department of health funded program.
This program takes place statewide with a performance group of guys and girls spreading the message of the dangers of tobacco in an exciting way. Organizers hope this effort will produce multiple results.
"We do this for K through sixth grade, because number one, it's our hope that they never try tobacco when it's offered to them. Number two, we want them to teach up," said Sarah Johnston. "We know that they have parents and grandparents and older brothers and sisters who probably use tobacco products, and we hope they go to them and they say, 'You know what, I went to a program at school today that talked about what those things do to your body, and I'd really like for you to quit.'"
Johnston says this program is the only one of its kind in the nation, and this stop St. Martin North Elementary is just one of many planned in the state