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  • Less Than One Week to Register for Coordinator Camp!

    By on February 21, 2017

    Registration closes February 27! In just over a month, the tobacco-control community will gather en masse in Austin, Texas for the National Conference on Tobacco or Health (NCTOH). Among the many important topics that will be covered in an effort to reduce the deadly toll of tobacco, perhaps none will be more important than the conversations that will happen around

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  • Keeping It Fresh: Fighting Issue Fatigue

    By on February 7, 2017

    One of the best things about working with youth in public health is that they bring a new outlook on issues that many people have been working on for decades, and it’s refreshing. However, in today’s world of fast-paced advances, new technology, and constant innovation, keeping youth engaged in long-term advocacy can be challenging. Here are a few ways to

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  • Bringing Statistics to Life for Teenagers

    By on December 6, 2016

    In our work to engage youth in tobacco prevention, we spend a lot of our time seeking breakthroughs. How can we package a story, a policy issue or a statistic in a way that breaks through to our youth and pushes them to take ownership of it? Statistics in particular can be difficult. In the fight against tobacco, we’re fortunate

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  • Tobacco Addiction and the Adolescent Brain

    By on November 14, 2016

    One statistic is widely known in this field: the likelihood for a lifetime of tobacco addiction increases when one begins smoking or using tobacco under the age of 18¹. Obviously the brain (and body) is doing magical development during the teen years. It’s interesting to consider this tobacco statistic from a biological standpoint. Brain development learning can be broken down

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  • 5 And Counting: Knock Tobacco Out of the Park

    By on October 7, 2016

    It’s time to knock tobacco out of the park. For baseball fans, the month of October means the start of the post season, and all the drama, intrigue, and excitement that brings. This year, the Major League Baseball playoffs also bring an important milestone in tobacco control: for the first time, half of the teams in the post season play

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  • Expanding Your Horizons: Hosting a Regional Training

    By on September 9, 2016

    If you are reading this blog post, you likely already have an idea of how to go about training youth at the local level. Regional trainings offer a unique opportunity to expand your audience and connect with groups and youth beyond your local area, building valuable relationships in the process.  Let’s cover a basic model for hosting a regional training. Needs Analysis→

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  • The Scary World of the Debrief

    By on August 5, 2016

    Debrief. We all know what that means. Taking off your briefs. Ok. Ok! So even though that is not the colloquial usage, it certainly COULD mean that. It might as well, because the end goal is the same. Change. Whether it is underwear or minds, change is what we want. Debriefing can change perspective, change plans for future events, change

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  • Engaging Elected Officials

    By on July 15, 2016

    It’s not too hard to find youth eager to conduct street marketing stunts to draw attention to Big Tobacco’s bad acts. It isn’t even a stretch to find youth willing to present to adult audiences or perform a TV interview about a tobacco issue that they are passionate about. But convincing a youth leader to speak to elected officials can take some arm twisting. Like most things, youth need to know why it is important to the cause, what’s in it for them and how to succeed. This blog is dedicated to answering those three questions.

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  • Building Your Program, One Youth at a Time.

    By on May 19, 2016

    Members are the lifeblood of our organizations. Without them there wouldn’t even be a youth tobacco prevention movement. Youth bring a different perspective, ideas and energy to state and local tobacco control efforts. But, where do you find them and how can we get them to join? Below are 5 strategies to successfully locate and recruit new youth members. 1

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  • Engaging Tribal Youth

    By on May 19, 2016

    “Native youth have the ability to lift our people up and help strive for a better future through perseverance.” (Coloradas Mangas, Chiricahua Apache) In Alaska, I’ve worked with youth across our culturally diverse and geographically spread-out state. Together, we put forth positive efforts to combat youth initiation of tobacco, and other prevention initiatives. Perhaps some of our approaches are similar

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  • Overcoming the Summer Slide

    By on May 11, 2016

    The “summer slide” is a common phrase used by educators that defines the lack of progress made by some students who don’t read or dedicate time to intellectual exploration over the summer months. It can even refer to losing ground that was gained during the school year.

    For tobacco staff working to support their local youth organization, this term can take on a whole new meaning. Summers are tough. Students go on vacation, get jobs, set up semi-permanent residence at the beach and basically seem to “check out.”

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  • Turning Training into Tangible Action

    By on March 28, 2016

    Why aren’t our youth members taking action? I spent a good portion of my first couple years as Manager of FACT, WI’s youth tobacco prevention program, asking myself this very question. Our training reached thousands of new youth members with facts, stats, and personal stories. However, I just couldn’t understand why they weren’t motivated to act after attending the training.

    Then it hit me; our training lacked one major thing: action. We shared why and how they should take action, but never incorporated actual action into our training.

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  • Engaging Youth in Store Observations

    By on February 26, 2016

    Tobacco marketing in stores is a primary cause of youth smoking. A great project is for youth to visit tobacco retailers in their communities and document what they see.

    Store observations are not only a great way to assess tobacco marketing where youth live, learn and play; they are also a great way to teach youth about the importance of collecting qualitative and quantitative data to influence change.

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  • Kick Butts Day is March 16th, 2016!

    By on January 20, 2016

    Kick Butts Day is a day of activism that empowers youth to stand out, speak up and seize control against Big Tobacco at more than 1,000 events planned by independent organizers across the United States and around the world. The next Kick Butts Day will be held March 16, 2016. Register your event today!

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  • 2016 Youth Advocates of the Year Awards Applications due January 31st

    By on December 8, 2015

    The following is a blog from Kick Butts Day released December 7th, 2015 Source: Kick Butts Blog 2016 Youth Advocates of the Year Awards applications Each year, we at the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids honor exemplary youth advocates from across the United States through our Youth Advocates of the Year Awards (YAYA). These youth are top leaders who stand out,

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  • Using Digital Advocacy for Youth Prevention

    By on November 10, 2015

    Digital Advocacy: Getting Started So you want to incorporate social media into your youth tobacco prevention efforts, but you don’t know where to start. What platform(s) should I use? How do I create effective content and manage it all? Keep reading, and we’ll give you some steps and resources to help you move closer to posting like a champ! What

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  • Slaying the Dragon with Policy

    By on October 22, 2015

    Quarterly Webinar: Denormalizing Tobacco through Comprehensive School Policy This blog covers takeaways from our October 14th webinar, which highlighted Comprehensive School Policy as an example of how local policy can be used to combat tobacco. As members of the Youth Engagement Alliance, each of us must equip young people with the knowledge and skills to fight an industry that spends

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  • New truth Ad to Premiere at Teen Choice Awards Debunks Myths Around Alternative Tobacco Products; Rallies Teens Nationwide to #FinishIt

    By on August 13, 2015

    The following is a press release from Legacy released August 13th, 2015 Source: Legacy truth® is setting the record straight on flavored and alternative tobacco products in a new ad airing during the 2015 Teen Choice Awards broadcast on August 16 on FOX. While teen cigarette use has dropped from 23% to 8% since the start of the truth campaign in 2000, hookah

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  • Youth Activists Step Up Fight against Tobacco at Tobacco-Free Kids’ Youth Advocacy Symposium

    By on August 8, 2015

    The following is a blog from the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids released August 6th, 2015 Source: Tobacco Unfiltered In the fight against tobacco, youth voices pack a powerful punch. Last week, we welcomed 26 youth activists from 20 states to Washington, D.C., for our annual Youth Advocacy Symposium – a series of skill-building workshops on leadership, advocacy and communications. The youth activists

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  • DoSomething.org and truth team on campaign to clean up cigarette butt litter

    By on August 5, 2015

    The following is a press release from Legacy released August 5th, 2015 Source: Legacy DoSomething.org, one of the largest global organizations for young people and social change and truth, the nation’s longest running and most successful youth smoking prevention campaign, have teamed up to provide another outlet for teens interested in ending smoking: Get the Filter Out (GTFO).  Cigarette butts are the most

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  • Make a (selfie) statement: I’m #NotAReplacement, Big Tobacco

    By on February 12, 2015

    The following is a blog from Kick Butts Day released February 12th, 2015 Source: Kick Butts Day Blog Join our growing #NotAReplacement gallery and take a stand! Tobacco kills 1,300 Americans every single day. So how do tobacco companies stay in business if all their customers are dying? According totobacco industry documents, they aggressively market their products and seek “replacement smokers,” specifically

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  • truth® “left swipes” smoking pics

    By on February 9, 2015

    The following is a blog from Legacy released February 9th, 2015 Source: Legacy Blog The term “left swipe”, as a way to define something as unattractive, has made its way into everyday conversation via social media and dating sites. A social experiment about an online dating app shows that profile pics where someone is smoking receive almost twice as many “left

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  • 2015 Tobacco Free Kids Youth Advocates of the Year Awards

    By on December 5, 2014

    Every year, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids holds a nationwide competition to identify and honor young people who have taken the lead in fighting tobacco and making a difference in their communities and states. Encourage your youth advocates to apply to be a YAYA today! Deadline: 1/31.

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  • Vermont Youth Summit – Planning for CounterBalance Action!

    By on December 2, 2014

    From the Field: Youth Advocates in Vermont gathered in Montpelier for their annual Youth Tobacco Prevention Summit, where they planned for the OVX Statehouse Rally in February. Speakers from both Reality Check NY and Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids joined them.

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  • Registration for Kick Butts Day 2015 is open

    By on November 12, 2014

    Registration for Kick Butts Day 2015 is officially open! Kick Butts Day is a day of activism that empowers youth to stand out, speak up and seize control against Big Tobacco at more than 1,000 events planned by independent organizers across the United States and around the world. This year, Kick Butts Day is on March 18, 2015.

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  • “Progress” is made from coast to coast as millenials warn Big Tobacco they’ll #FinishIt

    By on November 10, 2014

    truth released the latest evolution of their Finish It campaign, highlighting successes in the fight against tobacco with their “Progress Reports”

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  • Support Tobacco-Free Retailers and #ShopTobaccoFree

    By on November 4, 2014

    Learn more about the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids’ latest campaign to support tobacco-free retailers and encourage other retailers to take tobacco products off their shelves.

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  • Don’t Get Burned by Big Tobacco Youth PSA Contest – Entries Due Oct. 30

    By on October 3, 2014

    The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and the Kick Butts Day Team are thrilled to co-sponsor the “Don’t Get Burned” PSA contest with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Department of Public Health. More than $5,000 in cash and prizes is up for grabs in the “Don’t Get Burned” social media contest. Youth and young adults (ages 9 – 24)

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  • Coordinator Camp successfully energizes adult coordinators

    By on September 2, 2014

    From August 13th-15th, over 120 adult coordinators gathered at the Holiday Inn Superdome in downtown New Orleans for Coordinator Camp 2014, a national conference presented by the Youth Engagement Alliance and sponsored by Legacy and Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids.

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  • truth launches new campaign for new generation

    By on August 11, 2014

    Legacy introduces new “Truth” campaign for a new generation, encouraging teens to be the generation to end teen smoking. To read more about the new Truth campaign, visit www.thetruth.com.

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  • Online toolkit gives youth activists the tools to fight tobacco

    By on August 4, 2014

    Give youth the resources they need to make great change and you will watch them soar! That was the motivation behind building an online version of Legacy’s youth activism toolkit: “Youth Activism in Tobacco Control: A Toolkit for Action”. This interactive resource can guide the efforts of young people fighting for positive tobacco-related change across the United States.

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