Anti-Smoking Student Art Captures Unique Perspective on Tobacco Use

Joseline Valenzuela won the 2014 Art of Resistance contest with her "Make the Right Choice" artwork. You can view all entries at www.standaz.com (Photo: Business Wire)

Joseline Valenzuela won the 2014 Art of Resistance contest with her "Make the Right Choice" artwork. You can view all entries at www.standaz.com (Photo: Business Wire)

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PHOENIX--()--Arizona students submitted an artistic depiction of the impact of tobacco use in their communities as part of Arizona’s anti-smoking youth coalition Students Taking a New Direction, better known as STAND. The 2014 gallery is featured on the STAND website at STAND; this year’s top picks are also being featured at azcentral.com for readers to choose their favorite.

The 2014 Art of Resistance top pick was by Joseline Valenzuela, a North High School student whose piece is titled “Make the Right Choice.” She will receive $200 in art supplies and her piece will be the inspiration for a mural at a later time this year by muralist Hugo Medina. Her winning work will also be the new cover photo on the STAND Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/Stand.

STAND is an active group of youth committed to raising awareness about tobacco addiction and delivering prevention and education; follow their activities on Twitter at @AZSTAND, join the Facebook page www.facebook.com/Stand or learn more about Arizona’s statewide anti-smoking youth coalition by visiting www.standaz.com.

Everyday 2,100 youth and young adults who smoke occasionally graduate to be daily smokers. Thirty percent of teen smokers will die early from a smoking-related disease. Tobacco is still the number one cause of preventable disease, disability and death in the United States, with smokers having a death rate three times higher than those who never smoked.

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Christina Borrego, 602-721-5779
cborrego@riester.com

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Christina Borrego, 602-721-5779
cborrego@riester.com