March 31, 2022
Kick Butts Day to be recognized on April 1
MOBILE, Ala. — In recognition of 2022 National Kick Butts Day, the Mobile County Health Department’s S.W.A.T. (Students Working Against Tobacco) teams from Alma Bryant, John L. LeFlore, and Mary G. Montgomery high schools will be encouraging their peers to take a stand on Friday, April 1, to make the pledge and be smoke/vape-free.
Kick Butts Day is a national day of activism that empowers youth to speak up and act against tobacco use at more than 1,000 events from coast to coast. However, because of the impact of COVID-19, many organizations have had to make changes to observe this important and impactful event.
The annual Kick Butts Challenge, normally conducted on Kick Butts Day, will take place on April 29 at Mattie T. Blount High School.
The S.W.A.T. teams will release a special video presentation today on MCHD’s YouTube channel, which can be found at https://www.youtube.com/ILOVEMCHD. S.W.A.T. members from Mary G. Montgomery, John L. LeFlore, and Alma Bryant high schools will discuss the impact tobacco products have had on family and friends.
The purpose of the presentation is to bring awareness to the dangers of smoking, vaping, second-hand smoke and to encourage tobacco cessation.
“We’re concerned about the future generations,” said Harold Jones, MCHD’s Youth Tobacco Coordinator. “Tobacco is the number one cause of preventable disabilities, disease, and death in our nation. We are trying to do our part to educate and give hope to those in need and desire support kicking the nicotine addiction.”
For more information about the tobacco program or to set up a presentation for your organization, contact Mr. Jones at 251-544-2064 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn about the nationwide campaign, visit www.KickButtsDay.org or www.TobaccoFreeKids.org.