Sadly, after months of gathering legal advice, we were unable to award the Anna Hefrey scholarship fund. Although we had the best intentions, we are advised that it looks, from the view of the Federal Government, that we were attempting to market vaping devices to minors in a subversive manner.
We took many steps to ensure that the fund wouldn’t have this association. This included a robust anti-smoking message to the scholarship and the removal of all vaping based mentions and advertising from pages where we directed students. However, it has become clear that we risked the future of our publication and employees positions if we continued.
We want to thank and apologize to all the students that took the time to enter the contest and wrote such fantastic and passionate essays. We wish you all well in studies. The future of the country is in fine hands.
Jimmy & The ChurnMag Team.
ChurnMag has been a leader in advocacy for tobacco reduction online and in the community for over nearly five years. Through our publications, we are able to reach millions of people each year which helps us spread this message. We’re now looking to expand our message’s influence by giving students a chance to help promote their own tobacco reduction advocacy message. In doing so, you’ll help move us toward a shared ideal, while simultaneously honoring the memory of a cherished family member.
The Anna Hefrey Scholarship Fund will award tuition to the students who best exemplify and share in our resolve and passion for improving the health and well-being of millions of families across the country.
Even though the number of tobacco smokers in America and the world continues to decline, more than 16 million people across this country are living with some form of smoking-related disease. While new and effective nicotine replacement therapies, such as vaping, are accelerating this decline, there is still a lot more that could be done. It’s estimated that 15% of the US population (36 million people) currently smoke tobacco. It’s inevitable that most of these smokers will end up suffering from some form of smoking-related condition. Tobacco usage continues to be the leading cause of preventable disease and death in America, as well as most other places around the world. This means that one in five deaths that occur in the United States are directly related to the chronic use of smoking. That’s nearly 500,000 people annually.
We want the Anna Hefrey Scholarship to challenge current and prospective college students to think critically about the state of tobacco harm reduction. Specifically, what are some of the tough decisions we must make as a culture and society to fortify the effort to reduce the overall number of smokers? We hope that this work will inspire the next generation to continue the difficult, but essential task, of fighting against the deadly industry that has affected the lives of so many good people.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, smoking is extremely detrimental to your health, and the health of those around you. They found that smokers live on average 13-14 years less than nonsmokers. It’s suggested that cigarette smoke directly caused 9 out of 10 cases of lung cancer. It’s also been shown to make women 40 times more likely to develop COPD. And that’s just for the smokers themselves.
An estimated 54% of children aged 3-11 are regularly exposed to secondhand smoke. This type of smoke alone is responsible for over 2.5 million deaths over the last 50 years. In fact, according to the Department of Health and Human Services, 1 out of every 13 children in America today will eventually die from entirely avoidable smoking inhalation damage.