Thousands of Young People Take on Tobacco Industry
Youth from all corners of the country take action on Kick Butts Day
Posted by: Editor | Mar 23, 2011
Thousands of young people at hundreds of events from coast-to-coast are taking action against tobacco use today — the 16th annual Kick Butts Day!
Kick Butts Day is a national day of activism that empowers youth to speak up and take action against Big Tobacco at hundreds of events across the USA — and even abroad.
Youth have planned creative, high-impact activities that push back against Big Tobacco's deadly marketing and advocate for strategies proven to reduce tobacco use — smoke-free laws, higher tobacco taxes and fully funded state programs to prevent kids from smoking and help smokers quit.
Here's just a few:
- In Westbrook Maine, students from the Westbrook High Wellness club are performing a "Zombie March Flash Mob" to call attention to the dangers of tobacco use.
- Mayor Joan Foster and three local doctors are joining students at E.C. Glass High School in Lynchburg, Virginia at a press conference to call for higher tobacco taxes — Virginia has the second lowest cigarette tax in the nation.
- At Oklahoma State University, thousands of students, faculty and community members are gathering to demonstrate Project 6,000, representing more than 6,000 Oklahomans who die from tobacco each day. They're showcasing smoke-free campuses throughout the state, and urging other schools to join them.
And remember to send us your pictures and your videos — we'll post the best soon!