Respiratory therapy juniors campaign against smoking

Nae Meng Chen (‘13) discusses with a passersby about the harmful effects of smoking on the human’s body.

On Feb. 19 and Feb. 26, Respiratory Therapy juniors at Southwest Career and Technical Academy will gather at Sansone Park Place conducting surveys to fight for a non-smoking campus at all colleges and universities in Las Vegas, Nevada. The campaign is called Right to Breathe and is a part of an organization called Evolvement.

“I think that this is an important cause because many people do know the harmful effects of smoke. It will benefit students and teachers alike,” junior Josephine Baltazar said.

The RT juniors demonstrated at Sansone Park Place during a farmers’ market on Jan. 29 in their first attempt to gain support for the campaign. Students stayed from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and conversed with shoppers about the effects of smoking and second-hand smoke. They also handed out surveys for people to fill out supporting a smoke-free campus.

“It was a lot of fun to help the community and try and get rid of smoke, especially around the younger generation,” junior Ashlee Nimmo said.

The Right to Breathe campaign is solely focused on educating the public about the dangers of smoking and second-hand smoke to students, teachers, and visitors.

“Respiratory Therapists deal with many patients that have diseases related to smoking, so this goes along with the class. What a better thing for the kids to be involved in,” Respiratory Therapy Program Leader, Mrs. Vicki Smith, said.

Sansone Park Place is located at 9500 S. Eastern Ave. For more information about Right to Breathe visit http://www.righttobreathenv.com