Last week, Lyon County High School students were greeted on their walk to lunch by a display of shoes, 25 pairs in total, symbolizing the number of people who would die from a tobacco-related illness during the time they were eating.
Once in the cafeteria, they were given the chance to sign a banner pledging to avoid smoking and vaping, which has become increasingly popular among teens.
In addition to the display, which was put together by Nancye Daniel with Drug Free Communities, a group of 16 Lyon County high schoolers also recently put together a video PSA which will be shown in all 12 of Cinemark Paducah's theatres through May 30. The 30-second spot addresses the dangers of electronic cigarettes and vaping devices.
Daniel said this project stemmed from a Drug, Alcohol, and Tobacco (DAT) Conference in October, and that the students chose to focus on vaping because they see it as the biggest issue in their age group and community.
The students put the PSA together over the course of four months with David McGowan of Time-Line Moments, Daniel, and Wanda Paris of 4-H Youth Development.
Soon, the students will begin work on another vaping prevention project with Time-Line moments to be used with WPSD Local 6.