Take Down Tobacco National Day of Action
(Also known as Kick Butts Day (1996 to 2019), Take Down Tobacco (since 2020))
Take Down Tobacco National Day of Action is observed next on Wednesday, March 20th, 2024 (179 days from today).
Take Down Tobacco National Day of Action is an official celebration to encourage the youth to stand out, speak out and take control against Big Tobacco on April 1 every year.
What does Take Down Tobacco National Day of Action come from?
Take Down Tobacco National Day of Action was started in 1996, with the goal of moving towards a smoke-free generation. Over the years, smoking has fallen to an all-time low, especially among young people, however, e-cigarettes are skyrocketing and reversing the progress of the anti-tobacco campaign. Youth smoking rates are at a 20-year high in the United States because of the youth e-cigarette epidemic worsens and tobacco remains the #1 cause of death in the United States and worldwide. On this day, every year, students, teachers, parents, elected leaders, health professionals, advocates, and concerned citizens just like you are standing up for Elimination.
The tobacco industry peddlers addictive, addictive, and murderous products. So how do they get people to use such a product? They have to deceive them. They use authoritative marketing to make it look eye-catching, brightly colored packaging to make it seem fun, and sweet flavors to make it seem innocuous - all to attract another generation. Now, they are trying to present themselves as “responsible” and “reformer”, as they vigorously fight efforts to reduce tobacco use.
Why we need Take Down Tobacco National Day of Action?
- Smoking skills
If you ask us, any reason to talk about smoking is a good one. According to the CDC, smoking remains the largest but preventable cause of death and disease in the United States. There was approximately 480,000 Americans die each year from smoking, and Take Down Tobacco National Day of Action is helping to reduce these numbers. Give them a round of applause!
- It is targeted at children
Take Down Tobacco National Day of Action is important because it targets a vulnerable segment of our population. While all smoking-related deaths should be prevented, it is especially important to protect children. With all the peer pressure available, kids need to learn right away that smoking isn't cool. Smoking is not fun; it will lead to long term damage to their lungs. Take Down Tobacco National Day of Action aims to educate children about smoking before they start.
- It brings the community together
National Tobacco Elimination Action Day encourages people to organize anti-smoking events in their communities. It gives everyone in the neighborhood a chance to come together and support a great cause. You can take part in one or some events during Take Down Tobacco National Day of Action and you might meet a neighbor whom you met every day but have never talked to.
What do you do for Take Down Tobacco National Day of Action?
- Host an event in your community
Take Down Tobacco National Day of Action has a list of pre-established activities that you can organize with your neighborhood or group of friends. Each activity has an estimate of both cost and preparation time. And, because we know you like easy, the ones that take the least amount of effort are highlighted. There is no reason for not participate.
- It doesn't stop with Take Down Tobacco National Day of Action
One of the goals of this holiday is that people kick butt every day. This means you don't have to just hold events on that very day! Some of these events are easy to organize on any given day - like signing a pledge to quit smoking or hosting a dangerous educational game. Keep up the good fight!
- Share and warn your child about the dangers of smoking
Take Down Tobacco National Day of Action is all about those kids. If you want to really celebrate the spirit of the holiday, you have to talk to your kids about what could happen if they start smoking. Try to make it fun; No child likes a lecture.
ObservedTake Down Tobacco National Day of Action has been observed the third Wednesday in March.
Wednesday, March 16th, 2022
Wednesday, March 15th, 2023
Wednesday, March 20th, 2024
Wednesday, March 19th, 2025
Wednesday, March 18th, 2026
Campaign For Tobacco-Free Kids in 1996