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ACCC Students to Join Tobacco Protests April 2

March 20, 2008

Atlantic Cape Community College will be among 12 New Jersey colleges to stage "Kick Butts" student protests against tobacco on Wednesday, April 2, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. All three campuses will host educational demonstrations focusing on the dangers of tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke. Events include:

--The Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike, will feature 1,200 pinwheels representing those who die from tobacco use on a daily basis, in the center of campus.

--The Cape May County Campus (CMCC) will host a 10-table display with a live radio broadcast, informational anti-tobacco games, the opportunity for smokers to get their C02 checked and more. Those who visit all 10 tables will be eligible for a raffle for an iPod Nano. Students from Cape May County Technical, Lower Cape May, Middle Township, Ocean City, Wildwood Catholic and Wildwood high schools will cover the tables throughout the day. CMCC is at 341 Court House-South Dennis Road, Cape May Court House.

--The Charles D. Worthington Atlantic City Campus (WACC) will stage a "CSI" type event, with silhouettes drawn on the ground representing those killed by tobacco use. Students from Atlantic City High School will occasionally "drop" to the ground to represent another death from tobacco use. WACC is located at 1535 Bacharach Blvd., Atlantic City.

The event is organized by Reaching Everyone By Exposing Lies (REBEL) and REBEL U, student programs sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services Comprehensive Tobacco Control Program.

According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control, tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S., killing more than 438,000 each year and causing serious illness of another 8.6 million.

For more information on the Mays Landing event, call (609) 343-5097. For the WACC and CMCC events, call (609) 343-4897, or visit http://www.njrebelu.com/.