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HHS Student Wins Anti-Smoking Contest

Brian Parisi’s ‘dynamite’ design selected as top concept

Hicksville High School’s Brian Parisi is kicking butts – cigarette butts, that is.

Parisi’s “dynamite” T-shirt concept, a part of the ENT & Allergy’s Great American Smokeout (GASO) and American Cancer Society campaign, recently earned him $1,000 and another $1,000 for his school.

“Each November our doctors visit high schools around the area to speak with students about the dangers of smoking and the smoking epidemic. During the month of GASO we spread the word of our anti-smoking contest in efforts to involve students with the anti-smoking initiative.

“This past year we asked that high school students from the NY/NJ area submit original anti-smoking T-shirt designs that promoted the anti-smoking cause in a peer friendly way,” said an ENT & Allergy Associates spokesperson.

On Nov. 17, 2011, the American Cancer Society marked its 36th Great American Smokeout – a date used to help smokers quit or make a plan to quit.

According to the American Cancer Society, tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States; yet more than 45 million Americans still smoke cigarettes. The ACS said that more than half of these smokers have attempted to quit for at least one day in the past year. As of 2010, there were also 13.2 million cigar smokers in the U.S., and 2.2 million who smoke tobacco in pipes.

The ACS offers help for those wanting to start a smoke-free lifestyle, with steps and resources readily available to increase chances of quitting successfully.

This week, Parisi, alongside his parents Frank and Hilary and Hicksville High School Principal Brijinder Singh, was honored for his winning design at the Westchester County Association Legislative Breakfast at Tappan Hill Mansion in Tarrytown, N.Y.

For more information on quitting, call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345. For details on ENT and Allergy Associates, visit entandallergy.com.