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PRESS RELEASE- Downing Recognizes World No Tobacco Day: Mt. Greylock Students Fight Big Tobacco
May 31, 2007

Pittsfield - State Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D-Pittsfield) announces that today is World No Tobacco Day.  This day is designated to stress the importance of fighting against the world-wide tobacco epidemic, and reducing the preventable deaths and diseases caused by its use.  Today, over 110 countries celebrate World No Tobacco Day and this year the focus will be on the importance of smoke-free environments. 


In an effort to raise awareness about the dangers of tobacco use, students at Mt. Greylock Regional High School were recently honored as Top Ten Finalists for their entry in the first annual “Gettin’ Real on Reel” statewide film-shorts contest which featured 30-second films conveying unique tobacco-free messages. 


“The students at Mt. Greylock deserve to be recognized for their innovative work and commitment to eliminating tobacco use amongst their peers,” said Downing.  “With tobacco use being the second major cause of death world-wide, it is heartening to see young people inspired to spread positive messages about living tobacco free.”


The Youth Action Initiative has launched this statewide contest for high school students as part of a youth-led movement in Massachusetts to fight the tobacco industry and prevent tobacco use among youth.  The contest included over 150 high school students from across the Commonwealth. The film-shorts were produced for youth by youth to raise awareness of the dangers of tobacco use as well as demonstrating healthy alternatives to smoking and tobacco use. 


“Gettin’ Real on Reel” and the Youth Action Initiative are funded through the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and managed by The Medical Foundation, Boston.  To learn more or to get involved, please visit



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