Anti-Tobacco Challenge Bowl begins today

The American Cancer Society, Tulare County Office of Education and Health & Human Services Agency Tobacco Control Project takes the lead in preventing tobacco use in adolescence by implementing prevention as an educational challenge.

This year marks the fifth annual anti-tobacco Challenge Bowl sponsored by the American Cancer Society, Tulare County HHSA Tobacco Control Project and Tulare County Office of Education.

The Tulare County Anti-Tobacco Challenge Bowl "is not a one-time event. It is designed to give students leadership opportunities and community education," says Sherrie Bakke.

Sixth-graders from across the county will take part in the fifth annual Anti-Tobacco Challenge Bowl from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 16 at the Tulare County Office of Education, located in the Doe Complex at 7000 Doe Ave., Elderwood Room, in Visalia.

The Challenge Bowl is based on the TV game show "Family Feud." Up to eight five-member teams of Tulare County sixth graders will compete by answering tobacco-related questions. They will challenge each other’s knowledge on tobacco and compete for the county title of Challenge Bowl Champs.

The luncheon speaker is Debi Austin, Anti-Smoking Activist.

Austin is featured in Anti-Smoking TV ads smoking through a hole in her throat and is an anti smoking educator with the American Lung Association. She goes into schools, community centers and workplaces warning people about the dangers of tobacco. Jim Vidak, County Superintendent of schools will present the winning team with the "Challenge Bowl" award at 2 p.m.

The American Cancer Society is dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by saving lives, diminishing suffering and preventing cancer, through research, education, advocacy and service.

Founded in 1913 and with national headquarters in Atlanta, the Society has 15 regional divisions and local offices in 3,400 communities, involving millions of volunteers across the United States.

For more information anytime, call toll free 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.

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