Monday, November 20, 2017- Koror, Palau — On Friday, November 10, the Ministry of Health Prevention Unit launched their new campaign, Share the Air, a program to combat secondhand smoke. [restrict]
The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness of the dangers of secondhand smoke and to discourage smokers from polluting the air with the output of their cigarettes. The launch took place at Meyuns Elementary School, and during the two-hour event, the Prevention Unit spoke with 6th – 8th graders about the importance of clean, smoke-free air, and the children participated in skits to learn how they can encourage others to Share the Air.
The students then moved outside for the grand reveal of the launch event. They worked together to gather plants and flowers to spell out the “Share the Air” logo on the baseball field. The whole event was captured by a drone from above, revealing the final result from hundreds of feet in the air.
“We’re so excited to launch this campaign, because it has such an important message” says Candace Koshiba, Managing Director of the Prevention Unit. “The kids had fun and we hope they learned something too.”
The campaign will be shared throughout Palau with distribution of posters, brochures, stickers and tote bags. The Prevention Unit team is also creating social media posts to use on Facebook and public service announcements to play on the radio. Plus, more events at schools are planned for the upcoming months.
For questions about the campaign, or for help quitting smoking, please get in touch with the Prevention Unit at 488-8118/9. [/restrict]