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Published on June 27th, 2016 | by Burlington Partnership

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Burlington Kids are Kicking Butts!

For the fourth year in a row, kids from youth prevention groups Vermont Kids Against Tobacco (VKAT) and BHS’s Students Taking Actions and Risks Together (START) partnered with our coalition to raise awareness of the harmful effects of tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke for National Kick Butts Day on Wednesday, March 16. Kick Butts Day is a national day of activism that empowers youth to speak up against the big tobacco companies marketing to them. Tobacco kills 1,300 Americans every single day. In order to stay in business when their customers are dying, the tobacco industry aggressively markets their products and according to industry documents seeks “replacement smokers,” specifically teens.

In Burlington, Edmunds Middle School VKAT students decorated lamp posts on Church Street and Waterfront Park with blue ribbons that shared messages the students wrote about why they choose not to smoke. BHS High school START members decorated North Beach, tying the blue ribbons with their messages around trees in the area. They also used chalk spray to leave facts about tobacco use and smoke-free messaging on the sidewalks near the pavilion. You can see more pictures from their activities on Kick Butts Day on our Facebook page here.

To see video coverage of the middle school students, watch the news story!


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