At the beginning of the week players from the New Orleans Saints and the New Orleans Pelicans went to Arthur Ashe Elementary School as part of Tobacco Free Week in order to talk to students about the importance of living without tobacco.
Saints defensive end Akiem Hicks said that he is glad that he may influence children positively. Brian Roberts, that is reserve point guard for the Pelicans, told that he is proud to represent at this event both teams. It is great for kids to have someone to influence them and to help them choose the right path in their life, Roberts is very happy to see a smile on their faces.
During the Tobacco Free Week, every team decided to participate in it and promote Tobacco-Free Living. Before the game between Saints and Carolina Panthers on Sunday, there were distributed white rally towels outside the stadium together with literature describing the importance of a lifestyle without tobacco. Besides this, at the game between Pelicans and Memphis Grizzlies that will take place on Friday current week, the Pelicans are going to teach sport fans how to make their daily life tobacco-free.
Sean Kelley, Pelicans broadcaster, showed the negative effects of smoking by wearing his firefighter uniform. He said that we all wear it in order to protect ourselves from tobacco smoke but, however, it still affects negaively our health.
A the meeting with students also was presented Alex Hurst, cessation coordinator for the Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living. According to Hurst, many young people consider they cannot become addicted because they don’t smoke often. However, symptoms of addiction may appear within weeks or even days after smoking occasionally. Saints/Pelicans together with Tobacco-Free Living try to educate people of Louisiana on the dangers of smoking and inform them about resources are available to help them quit.
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