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Art In, Butt Out awards

By 6 August 2013 1

sally witchalls

Chief Minister Gallagher is encouraging the students who joined in her push to get the filthy smokers to stop:

Chief Minister and Minister for Health, Katy Gallagher, has today congratulated all the students who took part in the 2013 Art In, Butt Out awards and has announced Canberra High School year eight student, Sally Witchalls, as the overall winner of this year’s competition.

“It is pleasure to be able to announce the winner of this innovative competition that encourages young people to come up with a creative image to communicate the anti-smoking message,” the Chief Minister said.

“I would like to congratulate the fantastic work of all of the students who took part in this year’s competition and ask these students to become champions among their peers to continue to spread the anti-smoking message.”

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One Response to Art In, Butt Out awards
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Blathnat6:10 am, 10 Aug 13

This article contains 2 things the ACT government loves the most. Wasting money on useless Art projects, and bashing smokers.

How about this Ms Gallagher: I am an adult. I have been an adult for many years. As an adult, I have certain responsibilities, to myself and to others. These responsibilities require me to make informed (and uninformed for that matter) decisions about what goes on around me. These decisions are made using a combination of my own intelligence, my experiences in life, and other sources, but they are my decisions.

I have made a conscious choice to partake in the smoking of rolled tobacco. I know it’s bad for me, I know that it increases my chances of getting a serious illness, I know that it can significantly shorten my life span and hinder me in other ways. I accept that I may be looked down on by “normal” society, that I may encounter physical changes, and that I may be found less attractive by some members of the opposite sex.

With that said, it was still my choice. I chose to take up smoking. I choose to continue smoking. What’s more, is I will advocate anyone’s choice to do the same. We, as Australians, should have the right to make our own choice; our own decisions, because when you take away our choice, you take away our freedom.

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