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Teen Choice Award stuns Durham teen

Posted August 4, 2008
Updated August 5, 2008

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— A Durham teenager's efforts to snuff out teen smoking earned him a Teen Choice Award.

Chad Bullock took home the Do Something Award and $100,000 at Monday's 10th annual award ceremony. He beat out eight other finalists for the award.

"I was not expecting them to announce my name," Bullock said Tuesday after returning to Durham. "Dreams really do come true. It's cliché, but dreams really do come true."

Bullock started working with a Durham anti-smoking group after losing his grandfather to lung cancer. The 19-year-old wrote a letter to the state Attorney General that eventually helped change some tobacco ads.

He also helped with the effort to get the Durham Bulls Athletic Park to go smoke-free, and he said he hopes to get every ballpark in the country to follow that lead.

"Looking back then (when I started), I was quiet. I was shy. I wouldn't speak. I wouldn't do anything," he said.

Now, Bullock travels the globe to speak to teens about health problems associated with tobacco. He said he will use the $100,000 prize to enhance those efforts.

"Tobacco companies have millions, billions of dollars. This $100,000 is going to go a long way with youth making change in the country," he said.

Bullock said he is starting his own organization, called ElectriFYIed, to inspire other teens to fight for causes they are passionate about.

"Whatever cause you feel like, you go out and do that cause," he said.

The Teen Choice awards, which were selected by over 30 million votes cast online by teenagers, honor celebrities in TV, film, music, sports and fashion.

The awards show at the Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal Studios Hollywood was hosted by 15-year-old teen queen Miley Cyrus, who picked up three awards. Cyrus kicked off the ceremony with a performance of her new single "7 Things."

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  • ncwebguy Aug 7, 2008

    The American Tobacco complex didn't get its name because that sounds cool, it is because they used to process tobacco there.

    Durham, and specifically Duke University, are where they are today from *tobacco* money. Where were the Chad Bullocks in the 50s, 60s and 70s? Not in Durham... they were run out of town!

    It is sad how much damage has been done to the world's population through the "not my problem" attitude that pervaded the Eastern NC tobacco grower, the auctioneers, the processors in Durham and Winston-Salem, etc.

    $100K is nice, but just telling kids not to smoke only pushes them right into Big Tobacco's waiting arms as a sign of "rebellion". If Mr. Bullock went after celebrities, especially in the African-American community, that glorify smoking instead of baseball parks, he would have a greater effect on the problem. But Viacom (Nickelodian) and its sponsors don't want that to happen.

  • parr4246 Aug 7, 2008

    mramorak....."the parents should write a book"


    Why shouldn't Chad just write his own book......????

  • peaceout Aug 5, 2008

    Excellent work Chad!!! Thanks for making NC proud and putting some good news on this site. Keep it up and don't let the puddin' heads get you down!!!!

  • dont_preach Aug 5, 2008

    Hate to be a buzzkill, but... does anyone on here actually think that this will stop or even limit teen smoking?

    no! but thats not the point! the point is to save at least one life. BTW, this kid wants to be heard in a positive way and he deserve what he got.

  • Eduardo1 Aug 5, 2008

    JUSTINT............LOW COMMENT, SO LOW, IT IS UNDER A WORMS BELLY!

  • Eduardo1 Aug 5, 2008

    GREAT JOB CHAD. IT IS A PLEASURE TO SEE A BROTHER, WHO RISES ABOVE THE STEROTYPES WE SEE TO MUCH OF TODAY. TO MUCH KNOCKING OF BLACK YOUTH TODAY, ALTHOUGH OF COURSE DOG BITES MAN IS NOT A TORY, BUT.........MAN BITES DOG IS. SO BLACK ON BLACK OR BLACK ON WHITE IN BOTH CASES SEEM TO SELL BETTER THAT AN OUTSTANDING YOUNG MAN SUCH AS CHAD. MUCH SUCCESS TO YOU IN YOUR LIFE

  • jenstog Aug 5, 2008

    Awesome that NC gets on the map for some good news.

  • anneonymousone Aug 5, 2008

    Bravo, Mr. Bullock! Congratulations on your continuing achievements!

    sigh...

    If only the Chad Bullocks of this world got more attention than the Miley Cyruses.

  • OrdinaryCitizen Aug 5, 2008

    One word...Awesome!

  • VT1994Hokie Aug 5, 2008

    Intelligent young man. Great work. Wish we had more young people with the motivation to do more things to help others. This young person is going to be highly successful in life.

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