Senior's Anti-Smoking Project Much More Than Lip Service

Published 03.24.2015

Nursing & Health Sciences
Dental Hygiene
Student News

Cassandra B. Mohr shares a brochure with Justin C. Osmolinski, a construction management student from Harrisburg, ...... and amplifies her message through convincing visuals.A healthy life lesson tailored to Penn College studentsMohr holds a student "quit packet," available through College Health Services in the Bush Campus Center. Behind her, real pig lungs convincingly replicate smoking's ill effects: the charcoal color of once-pink tissue.Students struggling to ditch tobacco got a boost Tuesday from one of their own, a School of Health Sciences major who offered both enlightenment and encouragement. Cassandra B. Mohr, of Lewistown, enrolled in the four-year dental hygiene: health policy and administration concentration, repeated her presentation of "Don't Let Tobacco Use Cause Oral Health Abuse!" outside the Keystone Dining Room. The prevalence of tobacco use at Penn College was a catalyst for Mohr, who created the peer program to educate students about the detrimental effects that smoking (and other forms of tobacco) can have on the mouth, as well as the rest of the body. Educational materials were available, as well as motivational support for students who wish to set a quit date. The snow-delayed program was a continuation of a series of presentations, as Mohr has spread the word at various on- and off-campus sites in recent months.
Photos by Elizabeth S. Greis, student photographer