Getting inspired to quit smoking
I hope everyone in the Wabash Valley has seen the “Tips from Former Smokers” tobacco prevention commercials now playing on television, radio, in newspapers and on billboards.
These ads show real people telling real stories, giving voice to over 8 million Americans who are suffering from smoking-related chronic diseases. They are hard-hitting and emotionally compelling.
But they are exactly the kinds of commercials that are proven to support smokers to try to quit.
Last year, 1.6 million smokers attempted to quit smoking because of the “Tips from Former Smokers” media campaign; and 200,000 Americans had quit smoking immediately following the three-month campaign. Almost 80 percent of smokers and almost 75 percent of nonsmokers recalled seeing at least one of the ads, and millions talked with loved ones about quitting.
Here in Indiana, calls to the Indiana Tobacco Quitline, 1-800-QUIT-NOW, doubled when the ads were on air. The more we can get Hoosiers to try to quit, the more likely we can help them quit for good.
The ads tell the stories of real people struggling with the kinds of smoking-related diseases that are far too common — including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, more severe adult asthma and complications from diabetes. They show how these illnesses have changed the way these people have to live their lives.
Similar stories from Indiana can be seen at www.quitnow
Most smokers say they want to quit, and showing real stories can change the lives and health of Hoosiers.
You can still see the ads on www.cdc.gov/tips. I hope they help inspire you or someone you know to try to quit. And I hope you’ll call 1-800-QUIT-NOW, or visit www.equitnow.com to access free quit support.
— Tina Elliott
Programs aim to stop bullying
Ouabache Elementary School is working hard this year as a part of the Vigo County School Corp. to combat bullying in our schools. We are incorporating several programs and protocols to help our students and staff deal effectively with bullying to help stop this social epidemic.
The students and staff at Ouabache have used a program called Bully Busters for the last several years. One time per week the teachers teach a lesson that focuses on the types of bullying, what to do if you are being bullied and how to help if others are being bullied. The students are also taught about the skills of using kindness and empathy for others to be more accepting of other’s differences.
In addition to our Bully Busters program, we are also using a program that focuses on skills for social and academic success. This program is called Second Step and teaches the students not only about how to be a successful student, but also about how to get along well with others as well as handling difficult emotions. Students can use this information to help them cope with peer conflicts.
The Vigo County School Corp. has also provided useful resources to use in all of our schools to combat bullying. One of the corporationwide programs that is used in our school is the H.E.R.O. (Helping Everyone Respect Others) program.
This program was developed to help our students create positive relationships and behavior. As part of this program, each school in the corporation has a “Bully Box” that is available for the students to anonymously report bullying incidents to the principal.
Staff training will take place to ensure that everyone who works in the building will be able to recognize the signs and help any student in any situation. Protocols for handling bullying incidents will be reviewed periodically throughout the school year.
Bullying is taken very seriously at Ouabache Elementary School, and we are working hard to protect our students.
We know that bullying can have an effect on a student’s health and well being that would cause the student to not want to participate in school. Bullying will not be tolerated, and if a student is bullying another there will be consequences for this type of behavior.
— Susan M. Cobb
Ouabache Elementary School