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ETSU coaches, students featured in anti-tobacco campaign



A series of television ads running on Tri-Cities television stations features ETSU coaches and student athletes encouraging young people to stay away from tobacco.

This is part of a three-part media- and community-outreach campaign to combat tobacco use in the region. 

The first part, operating under the slogan “Don’t Start,” includes messages on television, radio and billboards encouraging children to strive for a healthy lifestyle through physical activity and sports instead of trying tobacco.  This will be followed in the spring with media efforts addressing pregnant smokers and secondhand smoke exposure.

Focusing on the Tri-Cities region, the “Don’t Start” campaign is a partnership between the Tennessee Department of Health and ETSU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics.  It is funded by Tobacco Settlement Funding, a statewide Department of Health movement using prevention and cessation and the power of the media to solve Tennessee’s health problems that result from tobacco use.

Video courtesy of the Tennessee Department of Health

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