Local youth take action on Kick Butts Day

NORWICH – Local youth from Chenango County have seen enough marketing from the tobacco industry and will join youth around the country to stand up and speak out against big tobacco on “Kick Butts Day,” March 19.

Tobacco Free Chenango will alert the community about what is now a known cause of youth smoking – tobacco marketing in stores. Educational programs involving students at middle and high schools in Sherburne, Norwich and Greene will focus on tobacco marketing in stores and its influence on youth. Tobacco Free Chenango, a program of Chenango Health Network, will also partner with the Liberty Partnership Program to reach more youth in Chenango County.

James Mutabiilwa, Tobacco Free Chenango Program Coordinator, noted that as part of the Kick Butts Day campaign, the program has been running ads and placed billboards to raise awareness of the dangers of tobacco marketing in stores.

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