Kick Butts Day is a national day of activism that empowers youth to stand out, speak up and seize control against Big Tobacco. Across the United States there will be more than 1,000 organized events where teachers, youth leaders and health advocates will raise awareness of the problem of tobacco use in their 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.
On March 20, Hawaii’s Kick Butts Day will focus on #BreatheAloha, our campaign to protect our youth from the dangers of inhaling secondhand smoke while riding in vehicles. High school and college students from across the state will receive some background, learn how to meet with decision-makers and advocate for a policy and hold a visibility rally with legislators.
TENTATIVE SCHEDULE (MORE DETAILS TO COME)
9-11am: Gather at St. Andrew’s School for breakfast, introductions, educational/creative activities, prepare for rally and meetings with legislators.
11a-1p: March and rally at the State Capitol, eat lunch, take photos, attend program.
1-3p: Break into groups and attend meetings with legislators.
This event is hosted by the Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Hawai‘i, a program of the Hawai‘i Public Health Institute, and will be led by its Youth Council members. Smoke-free vehicles when a minor is present is our Youth Council’s priority this year, and is currently the law in the County of Hawai‘i and in eight states!