ENT and Allergy Associates, LLP, The American Cancer Society and The Mount Sinai Hospital Team Up Again to Turn Teens into Quitters! Sponsor Contest,Speak at High Schools

Each fall for the past five years, ENTA and the American Cancer Society sponsor a contest that challenges high school students to think creatively about anti-smoking. This year’s contest is to create the most effective cigarette pack warning label design. Students throughout NY and NJ will compete for a $2000 prize per state. The contest is open to all public high school students throughout New York and New Jersey and the winner in each state will receive $1,000 for themselves and $1,000 for their school.

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(PRWEB) November 14, 2012

ENT and Allergy Associates®, LLP, The American Cancer Society and The Mount Sinai Hospital Team Up Again to Turn Teens into Quitters!

Sponsor contest, speak at local high schools in conjunction with the Great American SmokeOut

Everyone knows that smoking rates are on the decline. But what everyone might not know is that-despite this decline-over 400,000 Americans still die annually from smoking related illnesses.

With that in mind, the Physicians of ENT and Allergy Associates (ENTA), the most comprehensive and dynamic ear, nose, throat, allergy and audiology practice in the country, along with the American Cancer Society, are once again reinforcing the message of the Great American Smokeout to reach into the teen community and encourage young people to stop smoking and put down their cigarettes for good.

Throughout the month of November, ENTA will offer smoking cessation materials in all of its 36 offices throughout the Greater New York and New Jersey area. In addition, a number of ENTA doctors-along with representatives form the American Cancer Society-will speak at local middle schools and high schools about the dangers of smoking, how to deal with peer pressure, and how the tobacco industry targets teens in its deadly sights.

“People don’t die from smoking related causes in their teens”, commented Dr. Wayne Eisman, president of ENT and Allergy Associates, “but the habits they pick up in high school can certainly kill them later in life. So it’s critical to stop now.”

Added George Pazos, ENTA physician in Carmel and Yorktown, NY, “Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and death in the U.S. Thirty percent of cancer deaths, including 87 percent of lung cancer deaths, are related to smoking…and the real tragedy is that it’s preventable.”

‘The American Cancer Society is thrilled to partner with ENTA again this year to help raise awareness about the dangers of tobacco, especially among our youth. The Great American Smokeout does more than urge smokers to quit for a single day or a few months—it encourages people to help create a world with less cancer and more birthdays by committing to making a long-term plan to quit for good,” says Michael Seserman, Director of Strategic Health Initiatives for the American Cancer Society in New York and New Jersey.

Each fall for the past five years, ENTA and the American Cancer Society sponsor a contest that challenges high school students to think creatively about anti-smoking. This year’s contest is to create the most effective cigarette pack warning label design. Students throughout NY and NJ will compete for a $2000 prize per state. The contest is open to all public high school students throughout New York and New Jersey and the winner in each state will receive $1,000 for themselves and $1,000 for their school. ENTA serves as the final judge of all entries.

The contest is conducted to help increase awareness among youngsters of the health hazards associated with smoking. More than 46 million Americans have quit smoking but 3,000 adolescents try their first cigarette every day. Grades six through nine among children between the ages of 11 and 14 are the most susceptible years for adolescents to start smoking on a daily basis. About half (51.3 percent) of high-school seniors who smoke daily began smoking by age 15. And if ENTA’s involvement can do something to reduce that number, we continue our ability to help save lives.

For more Information about the contest, please visit http://www.entandallergy.com/aboutus/clinical-affiliations or visit us on Facebook.

About ENTA:
Each ENT and Allergy Associates clinical location provides access to a full complement of services, including General Adult and Pediatric ENT, Voice and Swallowing, Facial Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery, Disorders of the Inner Ear and Dizziness, Asthma, Clinical Immunology, Diagnostic Audiology, Hearing Aid dispensing, Sleep and CT Services. ENTA has a clinical alliance with The Mount Sinai Hospital for the treatment of diseases of the head and neck and esophageal cancer and a partnership with the American Cancer Society to educate and treat patients with smoking disorders and cancer. The Practice has also expanded its clinical capabilities to include advanced Immunodeficiency trials.

About American Cancer Society:
The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. As the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing about $3.4 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.

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AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY with ENT & ALLERGY ASSOCIATES, LLP

GREAT AMERICAN SMOKEOUT GOES TO SCHOOL

WHAT: As part of the American Cancer Society’s annual Great American Smokeout, ENT and Allergy Associates, LLP (ENTA) has teamed up with several local high schools for ENTA’s physicians to speak to teens about smoking cessation. In New York, presentations will occur at East Willets Road Middle School, Great Neck South High School, Garden City High School, and Shoreham-Wading River Middle School. In New Jersey, presentations will occur at Bridgewater Raritan High School and Pascack Valley High School. These students will learn about the dangers of tobacco and its health effects on their body from an ENTA physician and about the power of tobacco companies’ marketing initiatives from an ACS representative.

WHO: New York Participants:

ENT and Allergy Associates: Dr. Moshe Ephrat, Dr. Bradley Block, Dr. Joel Portnoy, Dr. Eric Scarbrough

American Cancer Society: Amanda Cullen, Alisa Manne, Brandon Bjertnes

New Jersey Participants:
ENT and Allergy Associates: Dr. Jonathan Lesserson, Dr. Dennis Burachinsky

WHEN: Wednesday, November 14th 2012

WHERE: Great Neck South High School (341 Lakeville Road, Great Neck, NY 11020) 8:43-10:10AM with Dr. Joel Portnoy

East Willets Road Middle School (455 IU Willets Rd, Roslyn Heights, NY 11577) 9:52-10:30AM with Dr. Moshe Ephrat

                                             Thursday, November 15th, 2012
Bridgewater Raritan High School (600 Garretson Road, PO Box 6569, Bridgewater, NJ 08807) 8:00-11:30AM with Dr. Dennis Burachinsky

Garden City High School (170 Rockaway Avenue, Garden City, NY 11530) 11:30- 2:45 PM with Dr. Bradley Block

East Willets Road Middle School (455 IU Willets Rd, Roslyn Heights, NY 11577) 9:52-10:30AM with Dr. Moshe Ephrat

Shoreham-Wading River Middle School (250 New York 25A Shoreham, NY 11786) 7:20 AM- 1:20PM with Dr. Eric Scarbrough

                                                Monday, November 19th, 2012
Pascack Valley High School (200 Piermont Avenue Hillsdale, NJ 07642) 8:50-12:15 with Dr. Jonathan Lesserson

                                                 Tuesday, November 20th, 2012
Pascack Valley High School (200 Piermont Avenue, Hillsdale, NJ 07642) 1:10-2:51pm with Dr. Jonathan Lesserson

VISUALS:     PowerPoint presentation given by ENT & Allergy Associates physician and ACS Representative--followed by question and answer session by the high school students.


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