SHU Student Lands a Knock Out with Anti-smoking Poster Design

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A pair of black boxing gloves dangles from a nail on SHU Art & Design student Carl Henry’s poster, accompanied by the message: “Knock Out Smoking Before It Knocks Out You.” Henry’s poster design took first prize in the Regional Youth/Adult Substance Abuse Project’s (RYASAP) anti-smoking public service ad competition. All schools and colleges in the region are invited to enter, and a winning design is chosen from each school.

“It feels great, because the students in my class are extremely talented,” Henry of Bridgeport said of winning. “To know my piece was chosen over their entries gives me a strong feeling of accomplishment.”

Henry, a senior at SHU, received a certificate and two free movie passes during a May 3 ceremony at RYASAP’s Bridgeport headquarters. The organization’s executive director, Robert Francis, said 52 people attended the event. All winning entries will be shown on 16 screens at Bow Tie Marquis Theater in Trumbull sometime during the busy holiday movie season, a period from November to January, according to RYASAP Prevention Partnership Director Jan Laster.

Henry’s initial poster idea was of a boxer punching a cigarette out, before his professor, SHU Department of Art & Design Chairman Jonathan Walker, helped him toward the final concept of the boxing gloves. “That went well with the theme, because when boxers retire, they hang up their gloves,” Henry recalled. “If you don’t stop smoking, that will happen to you. You’ll hang up your gloves because your life’s retired.”

Henry said he hopes his poster contributes to efforts to prevent children from ever lighting up.

“I think it is part of a larger idea,” Francis said of the posters. “We keep the idea of tobacco prevention in people’s eyes. This is one more part of our counter-advertising campaign.”

Laster said local community prevention councils underwrote a portion of the program with funds from the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.