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Virginia student wins anti-tobacco video contest

Thursday - 5/31/2012, 1:57pm  ET

By MICHAEL FELBERBAUM
AP Tobacco Writer

RICHMOND, Va. - A Virginia Commonwealth University student has won a national contest to create a video conveying the dangers of tobacco use.

The "Tobacco _ I'm Not Buying It" video contest was launched in March by U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin when her office released the first comprehensive look at youth tobacco use in nearly two decades.

Officials announced the winners of the contest late Wednesday. The announcement coincides with events surrounding the World Health Organization's World No Tobacco Day on Thursday in which public health authorities highlight tobacco-related issues.

Ayyaz Amjad, a student from Woodbridge, won the $1,000 grand prize in the 18-25 age category for his video, "You Don't Smoke Cigarettes, Cigarettes Smoke You." The less-than-two-minute video was filmed around Richmond.

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Online:

Surgeon General's Video Contest: http://1.usa.gov/KZBioa


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