TAKE DOWN TOBACCO NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION
Take Down Tobacco National Day of Action is a national day of activism that empowers youth to stand out, speak up and seize control against Big Tobacco. A part of the Kick Butts campaign, the initiative not only empowers students to say no to tobacco and e-cigarettes but also gives them the tools to become a tobacco-free generation.
However, they cannot do it alone. They require the support and conversations of their families, teachers, and communities at large. These conversations include policies that prevent tobacco products targeted at youth. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, tobacco use by youth increased by 1.5 million users in 2018.
Around the United States, teachers, youth leaders, and health advocates organize events raising awareness and providing education for a tobacco-free lifestyle. The Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse is participating in this national awareness day in local schools through creative activities aimed at continuing conversations about healthy lifestyles.
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How can you get involved?
- Empower every generation to be tobacco-free, especially our youth. Build-up their leadership skills so they can be a tobacco-free and resistant generation.
- Write to policymakers and make yourself heard.
- Speak out and promote policies proven to reduce tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke.
- Organize writing campaigns, walks or art contests that inspire students to speak to a tobacco-free tomorrow.
- Invite youth to share their innovative solutions. It is their generation being impacted and their involvement matters.
Stand against tobacco and use #TakeDownTobacco to post on social media.
TAKE DOWN TOBACCO DAY OF ACTION
The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids organizes Take Down Tobacco Day of Action. Each year, the United Health Foundation sponsors the event. In 1995, it began as Kick Butts Day, and then in 2020, the campaign became Take Down Tobacco Day of Action.
Q. Is there any safe tobacco?
A. No. According to Cancer.org, every type of tobacco poses risks.
Q. What is in tobacco that’s harmful?
A. According to cancer.org, tobacco contains at least 70 chemicals known to cause cancer. Every year, about 130,180 people die from lung cancer in the United States. However, tobacco use can also lead to several different kinds of cancer including:
April 1, 2022