Anti-Smoking Student Art Captures Unique Perspective on Tobacco Use

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

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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Contacts

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