I have served as a substitute teacher in all the public schools in Chewelah, WA. In one of the classrooms at Jenkins Middle School there is an unusual teaching poster. The poster pictures several cigarette packs with these labels: Breath Rotters-low tar refreshing, Canceretts-menthol, Stench Menthol, Tumor ultra lights, and Money Suckers-Filters. A banner on the poster says, “Why don’t they just call them what they are?” Also, a black coffin is displayed on the poster with the caption, “Cigarette companies are making a killing off of you.” The poster was printed by the Washington State Department of Health.
We read in the Holy Bible in Psalm 119 at verse 30, “I have chosen the way of truth…” The leadership of Jenkins Middle School at Chewelah, WA should be commended for allowing this important poster to speak to our young people.
Dr. Arthur Houk