CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- "Eeeyew!" was not an unexpected reaction for a roomful of third-graders Tuesday when informed that the lecture they were about to hear on the dangers of tobacco used pig lungs as a demonstration tool.
Shendelle Clapper of Summit Health showed the students a pink, healthy pair of porcine lungs compared to the tar-blackened, shriveled pair from a pig with a pretty bad habit. Using a foot-operated pump, she demonstrated the reduced breathing capacity of lungs exposed to cigarette smoke.
By noon Thursday, all 1,581 third-graders in Franklin County will have had the opportunity to learn about the health risks of tobacco use during the ninth annual Children's Wellness Days sponsored by Summit Health and Susquehanna Bank.
"I thought they were gross," Zowie Sanders of Hooverville Elementary School in Waynesboro, Pa., said of the lungs. Just as bad was "Mr. Dip Lip" a prosthetic device showing the various maladies that can result from the use of smokeless tobacco.