Williamsport High snuffing out Joe Camel
By DAVE McMILLION
WILLIAMSPORT - Joe Camel, the swank, surfboard-riding, pool-playing persona of the cigarette industry, wouldn't have felt at home Wednesday at Williamsport High School.
Students were readying a black, homemade casket for him.
In fact, every aspect of smoking got a bum rap at the school.
Adam Tackett strolled around in the crowded cafeteria dressed as a huge cigarette. Tackett peeked out through a hole in the top of an imitation leather outfit, which had crumpled red cellophane on top to resemble burning embers.
Tackett hacked and coughed as he moved through the lunchtime crowd, and complained of feeling hot.
"It gets people's attention," said Tackett, a senior.
Tenth-grade health teacher Donna Peters has long emphasized the dangers of smoking and alcohol in her classroom, but this year she wanted to do more. And she figured it would be especially fitting to launch a special, anti-smoking campaign to coincide with today's The Great American Smokeout.