Revealing Dangers of Tobacco and Smoking: 2 Everett Students Earn Top Honors in Statewide Anti-tobacco Poster Contest

Alexandra Tran

Alexandra Tran

Two fifth-grade students from the Keverian School in Everett have earned top honors in the 2014 Massachusetts Medical Society and Alliance Anti-Tobacco Poster Contest, an annual educational event to alert schoolchildren to the dangers of tobacco and smoking.

Gavin Kane and Alexandra Tran were two of just 12 winners selected from more than 3,500 entries to the competition. The contest is open to youngsters in grades 1-6 throughout Massachusetts.

Kane’s entry, entitled I will not smoke because, showed the ill effects of smoking including lung cancer, yellow teeth, wrinkles on one’s face, and the possibility of fire. Tran’s poster, I won’t start smoking because, portrayed the effects of smoking on a person’s voice, breath, and appearance.

The competition, open to students in grades 1-6 throughout Massachusetts, asks students to create an original poster that ties in with certain themes for their grade. The themes by grades are: Grades 1 and 2: Show how tobacco is bad for your body; Grades 3 and 4: Show how using tobacco affects other people; Grades 5 and 6: Why I won’t start.  Four entries are selected in each category, and the winning entries are chosen on the basis of originality, artistic merit, and relevance to the theme for the grades.

Kane and Tran were recognized at a special May 28 event at the Massachusetts State House in Boston honoring the winners, where they received a certificate from the Medical Society and a gift card for books as prizes. Winning entries will also be included in a 2015 calendar produced by the Medical Society that will be distributed to schools, pediatricians, and family physicians across the Commonwealth.

Presenting the awards were Richard Pieters, M.D., President of the Massachusetts Medical Society; Alan Ashare, M.D., Chair of the Medical Society’s Committee on Student Health and Sports Medicine; and Paula Madison, President of the MMS Alliance, the organization of physicians’ spouses.

This year marked the 19th year that the Massachusetts Medical Society has conducted the contest. To view all winning entries, visit

About the MMS  The Massachusetts Medical Society, with more than 24,000 physicians and student members, is dedicated to educating and advocating for the patients and physicians of Massachusetts. The Society, under the auspices of NEJM Group, publishes the New England Journal of Medicine, a leading global medical journal and web site, and NEJM Journal Watch alerts and publications covering 13 specialties. The Society is also a leader in continuing medical education for health care professionals throughout Massachusetts, conducting a variety of medical education programs for physicians and health care professionals. Founded in 1781, MMS is the oldest continuously operating medical society in the country.

Captions:  Gavin Kane and Alexandra Tran show off their winning entries in the 2014 Anti-Tobacco Poster Contest sponsored by the Mass. Medical Society and Alliance.  Kane and Tran were two of just 12 winners in the statewide contest that attracted some 3,500 entries.

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