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More than 200 youth gather in Boston to participate in Kick Butts Day at MA State House

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MORE THAN 200 YOUTH GATHER IN BOSTON TO PARTICIPATE IN

KICK BUTTS DAY EVENT AT MA STATE HOUSE

WHO: More than 200 young people from across Massachusetts will celebrate Kick Butts Day at the Massachusetts State House. Kick Butts Day is an annual event that highlights the underhanded tactics tobacco companies use to target youth.

<See list of participants below>

 

WHAT: As part of The 84 Movement, youth from communities throughout Massachusetts will mark Kick Butts Day by attending a youth-led rally, marching across the Boston Common to the Massachusetts State House, talking with their lawmakers to discuss the impact of tobacco in their community, and participating in a speaking program to highlight their concerns. This year’s Kick Butts Day event focuses attention on how increasing the price of tobacco will save 27,000 youth in Massachusetts from becoming addicted to tobacco. The 84 Movement helps mobilize youth from across Massachusetts to take action to protect their communities from the influence of the tobacco industry. Join the conversation on Twitter #27kLives.

 

WHEN: WEDNESDAY MARCH 20, 2013

MARCH TO STATE HOUSE BEGINS AT 10:00 AM

KICK BUTTS DAY SPEAKING PROGRAM BEGINS AT 1:30 PM

 

WHERE: March to the State House begins at Cathedral Church of St. Paul at

138 Tremont Street, Boston.

Speaking program at the Massachusetts State House – Great Hall

 

Participating Chapter City/Town
Athol Royalston Regional High School Athol
Boston Asian: Youth Essential Services Boston: Chinatown
Josiah Quincy Upper School Boston: Chinatown
Inquilinos Boricuas en Accion Boston: South End
Brighton High School Brighton
Brookline High School Brookline
Generation Next Academy Dorchester
Shepherd Hill Regional High School Dudley
Easthampton High School Easthampton
Everett High School Everett
Teens in Everett Against Substance Abuse Everett
Gloucester Youth Council Gloucester
Boston Trinity Academy Hyde Park
Hyde Square Task Force Jamaica Plain
Greater Lowell Technical High School Lowell
Lowell Community Health Center Lowell
Girls Inc. of Lynn Lynn
Lynn YMCA KAYA Lynn
YWCA Malden Teen Advocates Sharing Knowledge Malden
Mayor’s Youth Council New Bedford
RAPPP STARS Southcoast Hospitals Group New Bedford
Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School Northampton
Taconic High School SADD Pittsfield
Reading Coalition Against Substance Abuse Youth Crew Reading
Revere High School Revere
Project RIGHT, Inc. Roxbury
South Hadley High School South Hadley
Springfield REACH Program Springfield
Stoughton High School SADD Stoughton
Swampscott High School Swampscott
Westport High School SADD Westport
HOPE Coalition Worcester

About The 84 Movement

The 84 is a program of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Program, developed and managed in partnership with Health Resources in Action.  Created in 2007, The 84 Movement is a statewide youth tobacco prevention program that engages young people in local change efforts that protect communities from the influence of the tobacco industry, raise awareness of the tobacco industry’s marketing tactics, and promote the norm that most youth do not smoke. To find out more information on The 84 Movement and the work being done throughout the Commonwealth to make smoking history, visit www.The84.org andwww.makesmokinghistory.org.

 

Media Contact / The 84 Movement:

Rick Stockwood

617.953.0178

rstockwood@r-ticulate.com

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