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ENT and Allergy Associates Recognizes Students For Original Anti-Smoking Songs

03/12/2010 in news

Joins American Cancer Society and Mt. Sinai Medical Center to Present Awards to NY and NJ High School Students

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White Plains, NY – ENT and Allergy Associates, LLP (ENTA), together with the American Cancer Society and the Mt. Sinai Medical Center, honored two high school students and their schools for their anti-smoking efforts in the form of powerful and creative original songs. The awards went to Tejan Edwards and Alexander Hamilton High School (Elmsford NY), and Augustina Mensa-Kwao and Bergen County Academies (Hackensack, NJ), and are to be presented at the Westchester County Association’s Annual Legislative Breakfast and the Bergen County REBEL Learning Institute event (sponsored by The Center For Alcohol And Drug Resources), respectively.

This is the second year that ENTA and its partners conducted a high school anti-smoking contest in conjunction with the Great American Smoke Out, in an effort to engage teens in the effort to stop smoking. This year’s song contest challenged students to musically express the dangers associated with smoking, as a way of discouraging their peers from taking up the habit. The $2,000 award (donated by ENT & Allergy to both the NY and NJ winner) is to be split between each school and its student songwriters/ performers. More than a dozen students participated by writing and performing a song—and one high school student in NJ and one in NY were selected.

The two winning songs can be viewed at and

No smoking icon“While no formal studies have been conducted on how this year’s financial meltdown is impacting smoking rates, stress and cigarettes have, in the past, gone hand in hand.
According to the American Cancer Society, smokers often mention stress as one of the main reasons for going back to smoking. Stress is a part of everyone's lives, smokers and non-smokers alike. The difference is that smokers have come to use nicotine to help cope with stress and unpleasant emotions. Experts say that when quitting, you have to learn new ways of handling stress. There are much healthier and more effective ways than smoking to deal with problems,” added Sue Petre, American Cancer Society.

“Our practice, unfortunately, sees far too many patients suffering the harmful effects of prolonged tobacco use,” said Dr. Wayne Eisman, President of ENT and Allergy Associates. “We are delighted to help with cessation efforts, and extremely proud of the efforts of these high school students, who combined commitment and creativity to effectively get the message out to their fellow teens”.

For more information about the American Cancer Society, call 1-800-227-2345 or log onto For more information about ENTA, call 914-984-2531 or log onto

About the American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society is dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by saving lives, diminishing suffering and preventing cancer through research, education, advocacy and service. The American Cancer Society Eastern Division has 46 community-based offices, involving thousands of volunteers throughout NY and NJ. For 24-hour cancer information, call toll free 1-800-227-2345 or visit

About ENT and Allergy Associates
ENT and Allergy Associates, with 32 offices in Westchester, Putnam, Orange, Dutchess, Nassau and Rockland counties, New York City and northern New Jersey, offers the convenience of a large group practice, with multiple office sites, evening and weekend hours and prompt appointment scheduling. The practice features state-of-the-art care for ear, nose, throat, allergy and sleeping disorders, and offers a variety of highly specialized procedures that utilize the latest medical technology. ENT and Allergy Associates, LLP has a clinical alliance with the Mount Sinai Medical Center for the treatment of diseases of the head and neck. To learn more about the benefits of ENT and Allergy Associates, please visit


Contact: Drew Franklin
Senior Manager, Marketing and Physician Relations
(914) 984-2530

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