Stamp Out Smoking recently announced its ninth annual drama contest, "The Big Pitch Film Festival" is underway.

Stamp Out Smoking recently announced its ninth annual drama contest, “The Big Pitch Film Festival” is underway.

All middle, junior and high school students in Arkansas are eligible to create a 27-second commercial that expresses their creativity and showcases their talent while promoting a tobacco-free lifestyle. Students will compete for the opportunity to win prizes for themselves, and money for new video equipment for their schools.

This contest is an essential tool to educate Arkansas youth about the dangers of tobacco use.

SOS will host a private event to screen qualifying commercials and present awards to contest winners.

Contest guidelines and details can be found on stampoutsmoking.com. Entries must be postmarked by Feb. 29. Voting for the “People’s Choice” award will be held March 14 to April 11, and all winners will be announced on stampoutsmoking.com by 5 p.m. April 16.

“The Big Pitch Film Festival” drama contest is a tobacco prevention program for the SOS media and public education campaign. For official entry forms or more information, contact Allison Lafargue at allison.lafargue@cjrw.com or (501) 975-7253.

For additional information on other tobacco prevention programs, contact the Arkansas Department of Health Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program office at (501) 661-2362 or visit stampoutsmoking.com. For a program to help you quit tobacco, call 1-800-QUIT-NOW.