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VC students take anti-smoking campaign to Victoria elementary schools

Student2 Victoria College Respiratory Care Program student Aisha King speaks with Rowland Elementary School students about the dangers of smoking.

Victoria College Respiratory Care Program students are trying to convince youngsters that the risks of smoking far outweigh the rewards.

For the 13th year, VC Respiratory Care Program students, as part of VC’s Student Cardiopulmonary Organization Practicing Excellence (SCOPE), are visiting elementary schools in Victoria to deliver interactive anti-smoking presentations to fourth- and fifth-graders.

Marques Earls, a first-year respiratory care student, was part of a four-person team that visited Victoria ISD’s Rowland Elementary School recently. The Rowland students were informed of all the ingredients in a cigarette and shown examples of a smoker’s lung compared to a healthy lung.

“I enjoyed it. It was pretty fun to inform the kids about the dangers and costs of smoking,” Earls said. “The kids were very involved. Most of the m have a pretty good idea that smoking isn’t healthy, but it’s good to give them a little reinforcement.”

“SCOPE has been doing these presentations since 2004,” said VC Respiratory Care Clinical Director Ceci Oldmixon. “We’re very proud of our students informing children in our community about the dangers of smoking and helping them to resist peer pressure.”