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Bradford County Youth Celebrate the Annual Kick Butts Day!
March 18, 2015

Tobacco companies market cheap, sweet and colorfully packaged cigars, smokeless tobacco, and e-cigarettes that have flavors, with names such as "gummy bear" and "cotton candy." These tobacco products are designed specifically to be appealing to youth so they become addicted to tobacco in order to make them "replacement smokers" for adults that have died from tobacco addiction.

SWAT Booth

This is why today youth from all over the country participated in the 20th annual Kick Butts Day, a national day of activism sponsored by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. At more than 1,000 events across the country, kids are encouraging their peers to stay tobacco-free and demanding that tobacco companies stop marketing to them.

Thousands of youth are also taking selfies with a message for the tobacco companies, "I'm not a Replacement" and posting them on local FB pages and ‪#‎notareplacement.

Here in Bradford County, our SWAT Youth at both BMS & BHS held events on Kick Butts Day and took their own "selfie statements."  Across the county, our SWAT Clubs met to discuss the harms of candy flavored tobacco, and spread the message on school campuses with #notareplacement posters advertising their SWAT Club meetings to recruit their peers to say NO to the tobacco industry. Both clubs used this day to educate students and staff on campus on the importance of "kicking the habit". Posters

BMS SWAT

BHS and BMS SWAT leadership had an awesome day at both of their respective campus. Both clubs continue to work hard educating their peers on the dangers and harms of tobacco-use. Keep up the great work! 

For more information on the tobacco prevention program in Bradford County, contact Jenna Hewett at jhewett@quitdoc.com.