Kick Butts Day is a national event started by The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. The one day event takes place every year the first Wednesday of April. The purpose of the event is to mobilize American’s youth to stand up, to be vocal and to take control in the fight against big tobacco.
Local Tobacco Coalitions promote Kick Butts Day to encourage youth to take a stand and educate your community.
Here is what’s happening in Lake Cumberland:
Adair-KY-ASAP, Health Department and Title IV safe and drug free schools promote the day by having an interactive educational display set up at the high school during lunch breaks. High School SADD/Champions club develop PSA’s for the local radio stations. Schools play short clip made during a HOT conference promoting Kick Butts day.
Working w/ UNITE club members at Jones Park Elementary making 1200 faces to be posted up in the school. Representing 1200 people that die daily from tobacco related diseases.
Middle School Drug Busters youth group designed posters to display at school
Students did PSAs for KBD
High School youth group handed out anti-smoking coloring books to elementary students
Champions group did PSAs for KBD
Champions group set up smoking and tobacco display at lunch for all students to see
Champions group cut out 1200 paper people and hung them around school to bring awareness to how many people die each day from tobacco related illnesses
Green Co. High School SOS club (students offering support) will be leading an advocacy activity in the community. In the past they’ve done skits, puppet shows, and signed smoke-free pledges.
Youth tobacco coalitions across the county gear up for Kick Butts Day. Middle and high school students participate in a variety of anti-tobacco campaigning including radio and newspaper PSA’s, letters to the editor, poster making, and community awareness. One coalition is visiting city council to ask for a clean indoor air ordinance.
Graffiti walls in schools along with a photo taken of wall and placed in newspaper, signs in business and daycares, 2 banners on over pass on HWY 80, newspaper ad, commercial sent to Northern Middle School channel to raise awareness of event.
1.Youth Tobacco Coalition sponsored an event at the local high school, encouraging all tobacco users to kick the addition by throwing away all tobacco products in a huge Kick Butts trash can in the hall at school. “No questions asked”
2.A tobacco banner was displayed in the lunch room to encourage tobacco users to sign in a commitment to become tobacco free.
3.Youth Coalition members gave suckers out at local sporting event with anti tobacco message attached.
4.Coalition members took turns during Kick butts day dressing in a “cigarette costume” traveling the halls of the school, giving out suckers with a message attached saying, “ Don’t be a sucker, be smoke-free” .
5.Roadside banner designed by Youth Tobacco Coalition displaying tobacco related deaths in KY.
6.Anti-tobacco posters were displayed at local sporting events.
Wayne County High School SADD club put silhouettes in the halls representing the 24 people who die each day in Kentucky because of tobacco.