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Think you’re just being nice? Think again! Help stop the social supply of cigarettes to teens

Nov 17, 2015
Most teens under 19 get their cigarettes from social sources including friends, family or even strangers who think they are just being nice. To help raise awareness about this issue, the Central Eastern Ontario Tobacco Control Area Network (TCAN) created Bad Ways to Be Nice (BW2BN) with the message that even with the best intentions giving cigarettes to teens is a bad way to be nice.

Most teens under 19 get their cigarettes from social sources including friends, family or even strangers who think they are just being nice. To help raise awareness about this issue, the Central Eastern Ontario Tobacco Control Area Network (TCAN) created Bad Ways to Be Nice (BW2BN) with the message that even with the best intentions giving cigarettes to teens is a bad way to be nice.

Bad Ways to Be Nice uses humour to get young adults to think twice about giving cigarettes to teens. With various YouTube videos and a Facebook fan page, BW2BN has been successful in attracting this hard-to-reach population.

“We understand how to reach young adults, because we are young adults ourselves,” says Austin White, a nursing student at Georgian College working on the BW2BN.

The most popular video will be shown in Cineplex theatres across Simcoe, Muskoka, Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge, Peterborough and the Regions of Peel, Durham and York throughout November and December.

The BW2BN team will be at Georgian College – Barrie, Thursday Nov. 19 2015 from 12–2 p.m. outside the library. Visit our photo booth at Georgian College to find out more about Bad Ways to Be Nice and you may win some nice and “not so nice" prizes.  Check it out on BadWaysToBeNice.com and on Facebook.

For more information contact Cindy Baker-Barill at 705 721-7520 ex.7341, badwaystobenice@smdhu.org

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