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City news, 07.10.2003 12:42

Non-smoking Contest

The competition will target 12- to 13-year-old students who experience "an explosion" of interest in smoking, representatives of the Northwest Public Council to Fight Underage Smoking said.

Under the rules of the competition, every student in a class must sign an obligation that he or she will not smoke for six months. If the dropout rate ex ceeds 10 percent of students in a class, the class is disqualified.

Classes that stay smoke-free will be able to participate in a lottery with prizes ranging from 3,000 to 30,000 rubles ($99 to $990), the agency reported.

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