03 | 17 | 2015

NYC Smoke-Free at Public Health Solutions Sponsors Kick Butts Day at AMSU

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
Contact:

Patrick Dannenhoffer
Phone: (718)-364-5353, ext. 228
Email: pdannenhoffer@amsu.org

Bronx, NY -  On March 23, 2016, AMSU student leaders from NYC Smoke-Free at Public Health Solutions will be hosting a Kicks Butts Day event during the school assembly. Kick Butts Day is a national day of activism that empowers youth to stand out, speak up and seize control against Big Tobacco. There are over 1600 tobacco retailers that populate our Bronx communities. This growing number of tobacco retailers in our neighborhoods re-normalizes tobacco use. And in far too many communities, youth are more likely to find tobacco on their neighborhood blocks than parks, schools, libraries, or toy stores.

By raising awareness of the problem of tobacco exposure around our home and school communities we are encouraging students to be more aware of and stand up against Big Tobacco. During the assembly students will host a presentation around the program and highlight the tobacco density concerns in the neighborhood. Five students within the school will also participate in an “Open Mic” event. They will get the chance to stand up against Big Tobacco through an art form whether it is a poem, song or display an art work. For further information regarding this March 23rd event, visit: www.amsu.org/students/events/Kick-Butts-Day.

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Reality Check - a student led, adult supported program for those between the ages of 13 through 18. The statewide program is composed of multiple student run chapters’ across New York State. Each chapter works to expose the deceptive marketing tactics of the tobacco industry through education, advocacy outreach and media campaigns. For more information, go to www.reailtycheckofny.com.

NYC Smoke-Free - a program of Public Health Solutions, NYC Smoke-Free works to protect the health of New Yorkers through tobacco control policy, advocacy, and education. Formerly the NYC Coalition for a Smoke-Free City, we partner with community members, legislators, and health advocates to support local efforts to end the devastating tobacco epidemic throughout NYC. We believe every New Yorker has the right to breathe clean, smoke-free air where they live, work and play.

Public Health Solutions - As one of the largest public health service nonprofit organizations in New York City, Public Health Solutions improves health among the city’s most vulnerable populations by tackling social, physical, and environmental factors that impact New Yorkers’ ability to thrive. Today PHS serves 200,000+ New Yorkers annually, and we support the work of more than 600 community-based nonprofit organizations. We implement innovative, cost-effective population-based health programs; conduct research providing insight on effective public health interventions; and provide services to government and other nonprofits to address public health issues. Together with our colleagues in the service sector, government, philanthropy and policy organizations, we are thought leaders and cutting-edge public health professionals in New York City and New York State. To learn more, please visit us at www.healthsolutions.org.

About Tobacco Free Kids - Kick Butts Day - Kick Butts Day is a national day of activism that empowers youth to stand out, speak up and seize control against Big Tobacco. The next Kick Butts Day is March 16, 2016. We're expecting more than 1,000 events in schools and communities across the United States and even around the world.
On Kick Butts Day, teachers, youth leaders and health advocates organize events to:

  • Raise awareness of the problem of tobacco use in their state or 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.

Kick Butts Day is organized by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. The first Kick Butts Day was held in 1996. For more information, please visit: www.kickbuttsday.org/about/.

Academy of Mount St. Ursula – founded in 1855 – is a Catholic college preparatory school that serves college bound women. AMSU instills in them a love of learning and a broader global view. Following the Ursuline tradition, students receive a strong foundation in Academics, Arts and Service. In a family atmosphere and nestled on a beautiful 10 acre campus, the school encourages students’ individual dreams and strives to empower its students for leadership in society. For more information, please visit www.amsu.org.

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