In conjunction with the essay contest, residents made presentations
at nearly 100 elementary and middle schools. During the presentations, students
were able to see firsthand the damaging effects that smoking has on the body.
Students were given the opportunity to inspect an actual diseased lung, which
had belonged to a smoker who died of lung cancer. The facts about smoking
now took on new meaning as students discovered, through the use of a peak
flow meter, how laborious it would be to breathe with obstructive lung disease.
After these vivid demonstrations, the students were excited about participating
in the essay contest to help discourage their peers from starting the addictive
habit of smoking.