Be Smart – Don’t Start Anti-Tobacco Day 2018

(Kids chanting together)
Be Smart, Don’t Start! Jenefar: Be Smart-Don’t Start Anti-tobacco
Day is an initiative to teach school-age children the dangers of tobacco use. We’ve partnered with Science Museum Oklahoma;
they’re generous enough to open their doors, let us use their facility, so students and
parents and teachers can enjoy a free day at the Science Museum. So, children not only enjoy the fun activities
that the Science Museum Oklahoma offers, but at the same time, we have partners that provide
information and resources about being tobacco-free, and being healthy and living a healthy lifestyle. Alicia: Today, we have been talking to the
kids again about the importance of not smoking. But then we’ve also been able to talk to
the adults that are with them, the schools…giving them some packets of information about that importance… so the younger that we start them, it feels like the more likely that they are going to listen to us. They are going to hear it a lot throughout
the rest of their years. But now that they are hearing it so young,
hopefully it will start sticking in their mind, and as they get older they will realize
that they don’t need to smoke, it’s not a good thing, so hopefully we are stopping
that right here! Rachel: It is something that our kids may
not have faced yet, as 5th graders, but it’s right around the corner for them. Our kiddos, they have twelve more days in
elementary school and then they are going to be heading to middle school, and we know
this is going to be things that they are confronted with in just a very short amount of time,
if they have not already. So, to have them aware of what tobacco can
do to your body, to how it affects your life, is really important for them to know that. Isabella: It was fun to not be at school today,
and to be at the museum and to kind-of play, explore and also learn things that we didn’t
know before; but we are learning while we are playing! I learned that smoking can really cause your
lungs really bad damage inside and outside your body, it can give you lung cancer, it
can really destroy the inside of your body, it can make you not really breathe that well
in your throat. Renee: It’s really important, especially
with a lot of the kids that are here today. A lot of them are at a higher risk of smoking
than some other children would be. So it’s really great they are having fun,
they are at the Science Museum, and they are learning a little about health that they might
not get in the classroom.