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kickbuttsday_studentsNYC Smoke-Free at Public Health Solutions Sponsors Kick Butts Day at AMSU

On March 23, 2016, AMSU student leaders from NYC Smoke-Free at Public Health Solutions hosted a Kicks Butts Day event during the school assembly. Kick Butts Day is a national day of activism that empowers youth to stand out, speak up and seize control against Big Tobacco. There are over 1600 tobacco retailers that populate our Bronx communities. This growing number of tobacco retailers in our neighborhoods re-normalizes tobacco use. And in far too many communities, youth are more likely to find tobacco on their neighborhood blocks than parks, schools, libraries, or toy stores.

By raising awareness of the problem of tobacco exposure around our home and school communities we are encouraging students to be more aware of and stand up against Big Tobacco. During the assembly students hosted a presentation around the program and highlight the tobacco density concerns in the neighborhood. Two students within the school participated in a “Spoken Word” performance. They were given the opportunity to stand up against Big Tobacco through an art form.

About NYC Smoke-Free
NYC Smoke-Free, a program of Public Health Solutions, works to protect the health of New Yorkers through tobacco control policy, advocacy, and education. Formerly the NYC Coalition for a Smoke-Free City, we partner with community members, legislators, and health advocates to support local efforts to end the devastating tobacco epidemic throughout NYC. We believe every New Yorker has the right to breathe clean, smoke-free air where they live, work and play. For more information, please visit www.NYCSmokeFree.org Youth Engagement Associate, Vonetta Dudley can be reached at
718-466-8862 by phone and vdudley@healthsolutions.org by email.

About Reality Check
Reality Check is a student led, adult supported program for those between the ages of 13 through 18. The statewide program is composed of multiple student run chapters’ across New York State. Each chapter works to expose the deceptive marketing tactics of the tobacco industry through education, advocacy outreach and media campaigns. For more information, go to www.reailtycheckofny.com

About Tobacco Free Kids – Kick Butts Day
Kick Butts Day is a national day of activism that empowers youth to stand out, speak up and seize control against Big Tobacco. The next Kick Butts Day is March 16, 2016. We’re expecting more than 1,000 events in schools and communities across the United States and even around the world.
On Kick Butts Day, teachers, youth leaders and health advocates organize events to:

  • Raise awareness of the problem of tobacco use in their state or community;
  • Encourage youth to reject the tobacco industry’s deceptive marketing and stay tobacco-free; and
  • Urge elected officials to take action to protect kids from tobacco.

Kick Butts Day is organized by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. The first Kick Butts Day was held in 1996.
For more information, please visit: www.kickbuttsday.org/about/