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.
Cigarette and e-cigarette smoke produce secondhand smoke, which is harmful to our health. Children that ride in vehicles and breathe in secondhand smoke are at a higher risk to develop a range of respiratory problems such as asthma that could last a lifetime.
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.
We will have high school and college students participating from across the state to rally for smoke-free cars and urge legislators to take action in support of Senate Bill 261 (SB261).
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!
9-11am: Gather at St. Andrew’s School for breakfast, introductions, educational/creative activities, prepare for rally and meetings with legislators.
11am-1pm: March and rally at the State Capitol, eat lunch, take photos, attend program.
1-3pm: Break into groups and attend meetings with legislators.