Posted: Feb 27, 2013 3:01 PM by Melissa Schroeder - firstname.lastname@example.org
Updated: Feb 27, 2013 6:41 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI -- More than 80% of adult smokers begin smoking before they are 18 years old...that's according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Today, a local woman used an ice hockey game to teach kids about the dangers of lighting up.
Around 5,000 kids watched the Ice Rays hockey game this morning.
The students attended the game to learn about the harmful effects of smoking.
Local philanthropist Gloria Hicks along with the MD Anderson Cancer Center organized the anti-smoking campaign rally.
Hicks said, "I talked to some of the middle school principals and they have children smoking. They need to not do that."
Children at the event say it's not shocking to hear this.
In fact, every student we talked to knew someone -- their own age -- who smokes.
Faith Franklin, from South Park Middle School, said, "I think that's nasty and it stinks."
Fernanda Alvarez, also from South Park Middle School, said, "They'll do it in the bathroom. Or, they'll go hide and do their stuff. I would get scared because they're doing something bad."
The Ice Rays game was originally scheduled for 7 o'clock this evening.
But, the team changed it to the morning, so Corpus Christi and other school districts could take kids to the game to hear an important message.
During the game, students answered questions about the dangers of smoking.
They also watched a presentation on harmful chemicals found in tobacco.
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