Youth to Put Tobacco Vendors on Notice for Kick Butts Day

Kick Butts Day, Tobacco-Free Kids

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Youth to Put Tobacco Vendors on Notice for Kick Butts Day

For Immediate Release:
March 13, 2019

On Wednesday, March 20, youth in Alexandria will be empowered to take action against tobacco use through an annual day of activism known as Kick Butts Day, introduced by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.

Each year, more than 2,000 events are held around the country mobilizing youth to raise awareness about the problems of tobacco use in schools and the community. Kick Butts Day will engage Alexandria youth in ensuring that tobacco vendors are training staff and checking photo IDs for every tobacco sale.

On Kick Butts Day, the Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Alexandria (SAPCA), in partnership with the Keep It 360 Club, Campagna Center’s Building Better Futures Program, TC Williams High School JROTC, Alexandria Police Department, Sheriff’s Office and the Alexandria Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities, is continuing the statewide effort to educate every tobacco retailer in Virginia.

Alexandria Mayor Justin Wilson will jumpstart the event at 3:30 p.m. at T.C. Williams High School, 3330 King St. The event will be emceed by Keep It 360 Club students.

SAPCA is an alliance of parents, youth, schools, city health and recreation agencies, media, nonprofits, businesses, policymakers and law enforcement whose mission is to engage diverse sectors of the community in collaborative, cross-cultural and comprehensive substance abuse prevention efforts that result in a reduction of underage substance use and abuse in the City of Alexandria.

For more information about the Kick Butts Day event and the Break the Chain Campaign, visit preventitalexandria.org or contact Kim Hurley at kim.hurley@alexandriava.gov or 703.746.5459.

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