Take Down Tobacco National Day of Action 2020

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3/13/20 update REGARDING CORONAVIRUS: The health and safety of event organizers and participants is a top priority. We advise that all event organizers closely monitor and follow recommendations of local, state and federal public health authorities regarding group gatherings. For more information, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

Take Down Tobacco is a fresh take on Kick Butts Day — the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids annual day of action. Read on to find out how to participate online and in your community.

The Take Down Tobacco National Day of Action is a day of activism where communities across the globe rally to push for the first tobacco-free generation. Youth tobacco rates are at a 20-year high in the U.S. due to the worsening youth e-cigarette epidemic, and tobacco is still the No. 1 cause of death in the U.S. and across the globe. On March 18, 2020, students, teachers, parents, elected leaders, health professionals, advocates and concerned citizens are standing up to Take Down Tobacco.

Watch for webinars from the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids in the weeks leading up to The Take Down Tobacco National Day of Action to help you prepare.

Visit https://www.takedowntobacco.org/ for activity ideas, event registration, and tons of other resources that will help make your event a success.

For more tips on youth engagement, see what our guest bloggers have done for “Kick Butts Day” in past years:

Online participation

This year, it’s easy to participate online and still have a big impact. Introducing the…

#TakeDownTobacco Digital Power Wall!

Check it out! This tool allows you to tell the world why YOU are in the fight. In 10 seconds, you’ll have a customized graphic that you can share on social media. Plus, your statement will be featured on a rolling display on our website.

Through the magic of technology, the Power Wall can find any Twitter or Instagram post that uses the hashtag #TakeDownTobacco – and will automatically put them on the display too. So keep posting! 

If your community is hosting an event for Take Down Tobacco,
  1. Share what you have planned here in the forum (login required), or be inspired by others’ local events.
  2. Click here for more information about registering your event to receive event tips, email updates, free tool kits, and be eligible for prizes leading up to the day of action!

Are you working on Take Down Tobacco or other youth engagement programs throughout the year?

Connect with statewide Tobacco Use Prevention Program Coordinator Chantel Hartman (@chantelhartman) — she is gathering up-to-date contact information for SWAT team members / youth advocates and adult partners.

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