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MCC student takes 1st in anti-tobacco contest

World No Tobacco Day was Thursday. The McHenry County Department of Health marked the occasion by recognizing Jasmin Vilchis, a student at McHenry County College, as the winner of the 14th annual Media Design contest.

In keeping with this year’s theme of “the truth about e-cigarettes,” Vilchis’ winning design was a black-and-white illustration accompanied by the caption “you can’t chase your dreams if you give up your lungs.”

Vilchis was presented with a commendation certificate by Joseph E. Gugle, interim administrator for the McHenry County Department of Health, and will be honored at the June 23 Board of Health Meeting.

“CDC statistics tell us that roughly 13 percent of young adults are smokers. This contest is one way of spreading the word in McHenry County that smoking any tobacco, even electronic cigarettes, is unhealthy,” Gugle said.

Richmond-Burton High School student Sarah Ames was the runner-up for this year’s contest. Ames’ entry portrayed a heart with the caption “Stop filling us with lies! E-Cigarettes are unsafe just like real cigarettes.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cigarette smoking is responsible for more than 480,000 deaths per year in the United States.

A lesser-known fact is that smokers are 30 percent to 40 percent more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than nonsmokers. And if you’re a smoker, you have twice the risk for gum disease as a nonsmoker.

The annual Anti-Tobacco Media Contest is sponsored by the McHenry County Department of Health and funding is provided by the Illinois Department of Public Health. Winning entries can be viewed at www.mcdh.info.

If you need help to quit smoking, visit www.quityes.org or call the Illinois Tobacco Quitline at 866-QUIT-YES (TDD/TYY 800-501-1068).

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