Chicago teens awarded for anti-tobacco ads

June 16, 2011

AP Staff

Two Chicago teens have won awards for producing anti-tobacco commercials that will air locally on TV and radio this summer. The announcement comes from the Chicago Tobacco Prevention Project.

The winners are 15-year-old Jennifer Sansone from De La Salle Institute and Miguel Ruiz, an 18-year-old at Kelly High School. They were among more than 150 teens who entered the Share the Truth contest. It offered teens the chance to make a 30-second TV or radio commercial about the dangers of tobacco and smoking.

Ruiz's TV commercial closes with, "Don't let smoking take your life away." Sansone's radio commercial describes how her grandmother died due to tobacco-related illness.