PSA Video Competition

Judges' Results and More Information

Fall 2019 Winning Videos

"Choices" by St. Julian Cox, III and Justin Little

[award: Harmonic Convergence]

"Around the Corner" by Hannah Brown and Zarabion Riley

[award: Storytelling & Technical Merit]

"Life is a Contract" by Aunarey Herbert & Darrius Davis

[award: Best Message / Representation of Theme]

The Dangers of E-cigarettes

Electronic cigarettes are a kind of tobacco product also known as e-cigarettes, e-cigs, vapes, vape pens, e-hookahs, mods, tank systems and electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS).  

At this time, we cannot say that e-cigarettes cause cancer because the long-term effects are not fully understood. However, the e-cigarette liquid (e-liquid, juice, e-juice, smoke-juice) does contain chemicals and heavy metals that are known to cause cancer and the recent escalation of fatal and severe lung injury due to chemicals in e-cigarettes is cause for concern.

Lung injury and deaths from e-cigarettes

Currently, our country is experiencing a national outbreak of severe lung injury and deaths affecting e-cigarette users.

During 2019, among electronic cigarette users, our country experienced an outbreak of more than 2,500 severe lung injuries (ages 13-78 years) and 54 deaths (ages 17-75 years).

View current lung injury and mortality data from CDC


Tobacco and cessation specialists at the Georgia Cancer Center recommend:

  • Be informed about the effects of e-cigarettes.
  • Avoid all tobacco products and do not use e-cigarettes/vapes.
  • Quit now, if you smoke combustible cigarettes or use e-cigarettes.
  • Use our Tobacco Cessation Program / 706-721-0456
  • Text: DITCHJUUL to 88709 - a text messaging e-cigarette quitting program for teens from the Truth Initiative

There is no safe tobacco product, including electronic cigarettes/vapes. Quit now for life!

In Students' Own Words, Fall 2019

"This assignment has helped me be an advocate for leading people away from e-cigarettes."

"I can't view e-cigarettes the same anymore."

"It was cool to learn about e-cigs and their effects. My opinion on e-cigs has changed; I realized how bad they are."

"I learned about how bad e-cigs actually are. I have been able to tell my friends that use them the facts I learned."