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Stamp Out Smoking Announces Winners Of the 2014 Sketch Contest

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (April 23, 2014) – The 2014 Stamp Out Smoking (SOS) Sketch Contest received more than 3,000 entries from more than 60 Arkansas schools in its first year of implementation in middle schools. The activity was open to Arkansas students in fourth grade through eighth grade, who were […]

Arkansas Students Win Contest for Journal Entries

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (April 21, 2014) – Winners have been selected out of almost 1,000 entries received for the 2014 Stamp Out Smoking (SOS) “My Journal: How Tobacco Affects Me” essay contest. Arkansas students wrote essays in the form of journal entries sharing their personal experiences with a family member […]

Stamp Out Smoking Announces Winners of 2014 Coloring Contest

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (April 18, 2014) – The 2014 Stamp Out Smoking (SOS) coloring contest received almost 18,000 entries from nearly 100 elementary schools across Arkansas. The activity was open to Arkansas students in kindergarten through third grades who were encouraged to color artwork featuring this year’s theme, “Natural State […]

SOS Asks Students to Write a Journal Entry About Tobacco’s Harmful Influence

The 2014 Stamp Out Smoking Essay Contest is underway.  This year’s contest theme, “My Journal:  How Tobacco Affects Me,“ was determined by members of the Arkansas Kids with the Tobacco Control Youth Board and the Youth Extinguishing Smoking Team.  Arkansas students in grades 2-9 are given the opportunity to submit […]

Arkansas Students Use Artistic Talent to Illustrate an Alternative to Tobacco

Stamp Out Smoking Announces 2014 Coloring, Sketch, and Art Contests LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (February 12, 2014) – The Arkansas Department of Health has launched its statewide youth tobacco prevention contests.  The theme for the 2014 Coloring, Sketch and Art Contests is “Natural State vs. Tobacco State,” and was created by […]

The Great American Spit Out

Smokeless tobacco use remains a serious problem in Arkansas, especially among the male population. Communities statewide continue to fight its use, and in partnership, the Stamp Out Smoking program is encouraging all Arkansans to participate in the Great American Spit Outon February 23. The Great American Spit Out occurs in […]

CVS Announces End of Tobacco Sales

CVS Caremark today set a powerful example for all retailers, particularly those involved in health care, by announcing that it will end the sale of tobacco products at its more than 7,600 stores throughout the United States.  This decision represents one of the strongest actions any business has ever taken […]

FDA to Launch Major Youth Anti-smoking Campaign

FDA is launching a $110 million tobacco prevention campaign targeting at-risk youth aged 12-17 who are considering smoking or already experimenting with cigarettes. “The Real Cost” campaign will roll out nationally on February 11, across multiple media platforms including TV, radio, print, and online.  The ads emphasize consequences that youth […]

Arkansas Department of Health Shares Latest from New Surgeon General’s Report

Surgeon General Projects 69,000 Arkansas Children Will Die Prematurely Unless Current Smoking Rates Drop Smoking Now Linked to Rheumatoid Arthritis, Immune System Weakness Little Rock — Approximately 5.6 million American children will die prematurely from smoking-related diseases unless the current smoking rates drop, according to a new Surgeon General’s Report. […]

Arkansas Lung Cancer Rates Declining

Arkansas Department of Health Little Rock — A new analysis of lung-cancer data suggests tobacco control efforts are having a major impact on Americans’ health. Nationally, the rate of new lung cancer cases decreased in the U.S. from 2005 to 2009, according to a report in this week’s Morbidity and […]