More than 100 high school students from throughout the state recently descended on the Rhode Island State House for Kick Butts Day. This important day is an opportunity for kids to STAND UP to tobacco. And kids in Rhode Island did just that – zombie-style! Teens dressed as zombies to show the devastating effects of tobacco and to help the living quit while they still can.
Will you STAND UP to tobacco? Click the following link to contact your legislators and make your voice heard today! http://yourethecure.org/aha/advocacy/composeletters.aspx?AlertID=34552
The Kick Butts Day event was cosponsored by the Tobacco Free Rhode Island coalition. The American Heart Association is a member of Tobacco Free RI and together we are promoting policies that will reduce tobacco use – the leading cause of preventable death and disease in our state.
Our policy priorities include: securing adequate funding for tobacco prevention and cessation programs to help Rhode Islanders quit and to prevent kids from ever starting this deadly habit; increasing the excise tax on cigarettes by $1.00 per pack; and, prohibiting the sale of electronic cigarettes to youth and ensuring that e-cigarette vendors are licensed and strong enforcement measures are in place.