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Handwashing 2008 Tobacco Free Calendar Contest

Missouri residents exceed the national norm for tobacco use, the most preventable cause of premature death in the United States. Twenty-three point four (23.4) percent of Missouri's adults smoke and 21.3 percent of Missouri's high school students smoke. In addition, 140,000 Missouri children under the age of 18 are projected to die prematurely from tobacco if current trends continue.

While adult smoking has generally been decreasing nationwide in recent years, these declines have slowed or stopped. In contrast, smoking among youth increased steadily throughout much of the 1990's. Although the national underage smoking rates have declined somewhat since 1997, they remain at high levels. In Missouri, 8,900 youth under age 18 become new smokers every single year.

In light of these statistics, the Saint Louis County Department of Health sponsored a Tobacco Prevention Poster/Slogan Contest for County students in grades K-12. The purpose of the contest was to encourage students to spread tobacco-free messages to their peers. Nearly 2,700 entries were received and submitted in the contest. Each of the winners received a $25 gift card valid at any Westfield Shoppingtown. This calendar highlights the top 13 winning entries.

Thank you to the D.A.R.E. officers, teachers and school faculty who assisted in announcing the contest to students. The contest gave us an opportunity to collaborate in the effort to educate our youth and prevent tobacco use. We would like to give a special thanks to all of the contest participants for their creative artwork and anti-tobacco messages.

The Saint Louis County Department of Health offers:


Consultations and resources on tobacco education and prevention for schools and community groups. Call (314) 615-0555 for more information.


Educational materials for health fairs, public events and festivals.


Information about all forms of tobacco use, including secondhand smoke.


Referrals to resources and speakers on tobacco prevention.

(Sources of Information: Tobacco's Toll in the USA and Missouri: National Center for Tobacco-Free Kids, 2007)

2008 Tobacco Free Calendar Winners:

Student Grade School District Month
Jenna Burgess 6th Seven Holy Founders Archdiocese of Saint Louis Cover
Andrew Kilkenny 8th Parkway South Middle School Parkway January
Erin Schnurbusch 9th Rockwood Summit High School Rockwood February
Mark Diekroeger 1st Green Trails Elementary Parkway March
Rachel Ghazarian 7th St. Gerard Majella Archdiocese of Saint Louis April
Ali Powers 6th St. Michael the Archangel Archdiocese of Saint Louis May
Winn Meyers 4th North Glendale Elementary Kirkwood June
Ali Borella 2nd North Glendale Elementary Kirkwood July
Jane Manwarring 5th North Glendale Elementary Kirkwood August
Caroline Skoglund 4th Computer School Webster Groves September
Luis Lopez 3rd Green Trails Elementary Parkway October
Shelby Stockwell 7th West Middle School Hazelwood November
Allison Buenemann 8th West Middle School Hazelwood December


Previous Contest/Calendar Winners:

2016 Contest Winners   

2015 Contest Winners   

2014 Contest Winners   

2013 Contest Winners   

2012 Contest Winners   

2012 Calendar Winners

2011 Calendar Winners

2010 Calendar Winners

2009 Calendar Winners

2008 Calendar Winners

2007 Calendar Winners

2006 Calendar Winners