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Vol. 1, # 1                           NHCS Safe & Drug-Free Schools                            November, 2006

         Share your stories with       Celebrate Relationships:
us:      How does your school            Build Them Intentionally               By developing relationships with
intentionally build relationships          By Beth Keller, Laney Youth          students, we are in turn
with students? How do you                    Development Specialist             providing an environment where
celebrate the relationships you                                                 learning and excellence is
build?        Everyday, 24,000+            Rigor                                encouraged. By intentionally
students flow into the hallways of                                              building relationships we are
New Hanover County School                                                       also developing strengths and
buildings to receive academic                                                   developmental              assets
instruction, social and emotional          Relevance                            ( in the
guidance, structure, and support.                                               young people we serve.
The      framework    of    Rigor,
Relevance, and Relationships                                                    Everyday, school personnel are
guides school personnel as they                                                 building    relationships   with
strive for success with students.           Relationships                       students. WE WANT YOU TO
The focus of this fall’s Healthy                                                SHARE YOUR STORIES about
Communities/ Healthy Youth                                                      the relationship building going
conference sponsored by the                                                     on your schools. Please send
Search Institute (           Most significantly, the                 your stories to Beth Keller at was to support           conference stressed the       
student       development       by      importance of intentionally             Hopefully, we can collect stories
encouraging school personal to                                                  of the good that is happening
intentionally build relationships       building relationships with             throughout the district to share
with anyone who impacts the             the youth in your school.               in this newsletter.
lives of youth.

   Great American Smokeout: November 16!!!!                                          by Monica Rohena

On Thursday, November 16 the American Cancer Society will celebrate the 30th Annual Great American
Smokeout. The objective of the Great American Smokeout is that just one day of not smoking will help smokers
begin the process of quitting.

Coastal Horizons Center is using this important event as a time to reach out to area restaurants
that employ or serve teens, and ask them to consider becoming smoke-free. “Our program works to prevent teen
tobacco use and teen exposure to secondhand smoke,” said program coordinator Deeanna Hale-Holland. “Many
restaurant owners don’t realize that adopting a smoke-free policy will not only protect teen employees and
patrons from secondhand smoke, but provide positive role-modeling for other youth.”

“Second hand smoke is smoking and minors aren’t allowed to smoke. According to state laws, I’m not allowed
to smoke” says Carrie Daugherty, a local teen who is concerned about smoking policies in restaurants.
“Everyone is affected by secondhand smoke, young and old.” Ms Daugherty developed sinus problems, a cough
and other respiratory problems while working in a restaurant, which caused her to quit her job. Ms. Daugherty is
now an advocate for Smoke-Free Dining and talks to her peers about the dangers of tobacco and secondhand

Studies show that adopting a policy of 100% smoke-free dining does not hurt revenue. According to a recent
Elon University Poll, 65% of North Carolinians support a law to ban smoking in all restaurants, bars and

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nonsmokers exposed to secondhand smoke
are exposed to more than 40 chemicals known to cause cancer.

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) reports that secondhand smoke is responsible for more than 3,000 lung cancer
deaths every year. People who regularly breathe secondhand smoke also face an increased risk of heart disease
and developing other types of cancers.

Exposure to secondhand smoke is also a very dangerous health risk to children. According to NCI, secondhand
smoke is responsible for over 300,000 serious respiratory ailments in children each year, including bronchitis, ear
infections, asthma attacks and pneumonia. This results in nearly 15,000 hospitalizations each year and causes
nearly 3,000 sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) deaths in the U.S. annually.

Restaurant owners can support the Great American Smokeout by choosing this day, November 16 as the first day
to implement a smoke-free policy in their restaurants in order to protect teen patrons and employees. Another step
towards policy change could be to allocate one or two days a week as teen and family nights with smoke-free
dining. . If not ready to take that step, restaurant owners can participate by making November 16 a smoke-free
dining day. According to a recent report by the U.S. Surgeon General, there is no safe level of exposure to
secondhand smoke. These efforts are funded by a grant from the Health and Wellness Trust Fund. For more
information on becoming a smoke-free restaurant, please call Coastal Horizons Center at (910)202-0840 or Erin
Cummings with Project ASSIST at (910)343-6500.

The NC Health and Wellness Trust Fund makes North Carolina stronger, both physically and economically, by
funding programs that promote preventive health. Created by the General Assembly in 2000 to allocate a portion
of North Carolina’s share of the national tobacco settlement, HWTF has invested $127 million to support
preventive health initiatives and $78 million to fund a prescription drug assistance program. For more
information, please visit

  Newsletter focus: What matters to youth, not what is the matter with Youth.
youith to the first NHCS Safe and Drug-Free School Newsletter! It is our intention to profile the
  strengths of New Hanover County students and staff. It is not easy growing up in today’s world, especially
  in Wilmington, NC. Where, for too many of our children, the safest place is school! We will be talking
  about what ALL children need to thrive in the language of the Search Institute’s Developmental Assets.
  For more info about the Developmental Assets see
  To submit an article, email me, SDFS Coordinator Beau McCaffray (
  For more info about NHCS Safe and Drug-Free Schools see:

  Take the Quiz!                     Win two tickets to the NC Aquariums!
  The first person to email me ( the correct answers to the two following questions will
  win two passes good at any of the three North Carolina Aquariums (Roanoke Island, Pine Knoll Shores,
  Fort Fisher).
     1. The greater the numbers of _____________ ______ are experienced by young people,
          the more positive and successful their development. (fill in the blanks – two words)

      2. Cigarette smoke doubles the cancer risk in ____. (fill in the blank - one word)

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