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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

SAFE: Anti-Smoking Campaign

 On Tuesday, February 14th, in conjunction with SAFE, the Yeshivah of Flatbush High School had the privilege of having guest speaker, John Nichols, visit the school. John delivered a powerful message to the students in grades 10-12 about the dangers of smoking cigarettes. John began by providing a personal account of his battle with addiction to smoking; recounting details of how his addiction developed and affected his life. Both students and faculty felt the impact of John’s message, as he discussed the physical and emotional toll of his ongoing fight with lung cancer; including his inability to eat, drink and speak normally as he no longer has a voice box and is now forced to breathe through a stoma in his neck. Students were riveted by the intensity of the message and were also provided with vital information regarding the biological effects of smoking tobacco. Many of the students described the program as extremely powerful and influential. It has inspired and educated many students on when and how to take action against smoking in their lives, along with how to help friends and family.

At the Yeshivah of Flatbush Joel Braverman High School all students attend weekly classes taught by SAFE instructors. The instructors provide our students with health education, as well as, discuss strategies  on how to overcome the challenges students might be facing during their high school years.