WASHINGTON, March 17, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Youth from the DC Prevention Center for Wards 1 and 2 will host an anti-tobacco rally to stand out, speak up, and seize control against Big Tobacco. The rally is part of Kick Butts Day – an annual celebration of youth leadership and activism organized by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. The rally is one of 1,400 events planned across the county to encourage youth to stay tobacco-free and educate communities about the tobacco industry's harmful marketing practices.
The upcoming rally in DC will feature:
- Speeches by guest speakers
- Youth presentations about tobacco facts
- Displays of youth artwork, poetry and dance
In DC alone, tobacco use claims 700 lives and costs $391 million in health care bills each year. Without urgent action to reduce smoking, 5.6 million U.S. children alive today will die prematurely from smoking-caused disease, including 7,000 children in DC.
This event is hosted by all four DC Prevention Centers (DCPC) and the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids in cooperation with DC's Department of Behavioral Health (DBH), and the Addiction, Prevention and Recovery Administration (APRA).
WHEN: Wednesday, March 19, 2014
4:30 – 5:30 p.m. ET
WHERE: Girard Street Park
Corner of 14th Street NW and Girard Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
Note: In the event of inclement weather, the event will be moved to the Latin American Youth Center's community room located at 1419 Columbia Road, NW, Washington DC 20009.
SOURCE Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids