The winners of the Vaping Awareness Poster Contest, middle/high school category, were Serena Miles and Hunter Traquair. / Kevin Mills Photos

Mission students create vaping awareness posters, campaigns

Prizes handed out to top two entries in elementary and middle/secondary categories

The current use of vaping products by youth is a major cause of concern due to possible health consequences.

In response to that, Fraser Health and the Mission School District partnered to hold a Vaping Risks Art Contest across the school district.

Students, either individually or in groups, were invited to develop a poster or commercial advertising the negative effects of vaping on a person’s health. The students used information from evidence-based resources provided by Fraser Health.

The project allowed students to learn from each other and raise awareness on the harms associated with vapour products.

“As health professionals, we can talk with students about the health effects of vaping. However, having students create their own messaging allows for greater understanding of the topic,” said public health nurse Janice Walsh.

The students who produced the winning poster will have an opportunity to work with the graphic designer at Sue’s Copy Place in Mission to give their poster a professional look. Copies of the poster will be displayed around the school district and Mission community.

Approximately 100 students participated across the district and prizes were funded with grant money from Fraser Health. They consisted of a cash prize and a gift card from local book store, totally BOOK•ish at the middle/high school level and gift cards from totally BOOK•ish for winners at the elementary school level.

The winners were:

Middle/High School:

First Place – Serena Miles and Hunter Traquair

Second Place – Iba Ali

Elementary School:

First Place – Ella Dunn and Gracelyn Cochrane

Second Place – Priya Kumar and Aiden Rosche

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