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Vote for best anti-smoking video

A video from Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., shows a "drone" putting out an airman's cigarette.

A video from Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., shows a “drone” putting out an airman’s cigarette.

Voting is underway in a Military Health System competition that challenged service members to make an anti-smoking video.

Two of the five “Fight the Enemy” video finalists were created by airmen.

“A Drag on Life,” by airmen at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont., is told from the perspective a man-sized cigarette who first becomes friends with “John” during a stressful moment.

The cigarette trails after John as he goes about his daily life — exercising, hanging out with friends and trying to buy a car. The video ends with the cigarette looking for a new friend after John ends up in a coffin.

“Deploy the Drones,” from Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., starts with an airman lighting up in front of a Tobacco-free zone sign on base. That signals an alarm. A drone — which is actually a remote-controlled helicopter — finds the smoking airman and dumps water over him and his cigarette.

A panel of judges will whittle down the final five to three, according to health.mil. There will also be a Voter’s Pick. The top video will be broadcast across Department of Defense channels. The top three videos and the Voter’s Pick will appear on health.mil.

You can vote here through March 14.

“We invite everyone in the Air Force community: airmen, civilians, contractors, family members, retirees, friends, to visit the site and vote for your favorite videos,” Col. (Dr.) John Oh, the Air Force Medical Support Agency chief of health promotion said in a news release. “We’ve got some creative talent in DOD and these videos humorously and poignantly reinforce an important message that tobacco use is our military’s enemy.”

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