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Kids stand together against alcohol. tobacco advertising

(HawaiiNewsNow) - Nearly 100 kids will gather at the state Capitol Wednesday afternoon to take a stand against tobacco and alcohol advertisers. Courtney Viernes-Silva, 17, and Amanda Victorino, 17, join us this morning to tell us why.

Kick Butts Day

  • State Capitol rotunda
  • Tomorrow at 2pm
  • Survey results, storefront

Kick Butts Day Unites Youth to Take Action Against Big Tobacco Groups to Unveil Research Findings for Tobacco and Alcohol Advertising in Statewide Stores

WHAT: Youth advocates of REAL: Hawaii Youth Exposing the Tobacco Industry and MADD Hawaii's Youth In Action will hold a press conference as part of advocacy training at the 7th annual Kick Butts Day 2010. For this year's Kick Butts Day, youth will reveal the results of the "Tobacco and Alcohol Advertising Survey," which was an intensive community research project that studied tobacco and alcohol advertising in local stores statewide. The results from the survey will be announced at a press conference, where the youth will also urge legislators to protect existing funding to Hawaii's tobacco prevention and control programs to continue the fight to help local residents lead healthy, smoke-free lives.

The youth also built a "sweet shop" showcasing the placements of advertising in local storefronts, which attempt to attract youth. The youth will give store tours to legislators and other advocates and the public is invited to visit the sweet shop.

WHEN: Wednesday, February 24, 2010, 2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

WHERE: Hawaii State Capitol Rotunda (Mauka side, near Saint Damien statue)

DETAILS: This year's Kick Butts Day will bring together nearly 100 youth participants from across the state including students from the Boys and Girls Club of the Big Island, TEENLINE Hawaii, MADD Youth in Action, Kokua Kalihi Valley Health Center, MEO YouthBank, and REAL.

Kicks Butts Day is sponsored by the Hawaii Tobacco Prevention and Control Trust Fund, REAL: Hawaii Youth Exposing the Tobacco Industry, Coalition for Tobacco-Free Hawai‘i, The Hawaii State Department of Health's Tobacco Prevention and Education Program, and The Hawai‘i State Department of Education Peer Education Program.

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