Wednesday, Mar. 18, 2020 is Take Down Tobacco National Day of Action, and, as lung health experts, respiratory therapists are uniquely positioned to help patients do just that. According to the Take Down Tobacco Day website, the day is an opportunity to empower youth to stand out and speak up against tobacco use at events across the entire U.S.
Great strides have been made in the fight against traditional tobacco use since the original campaign ‘Kick Butts Day’ launched its first campaign in 1996. However, the rising popularity of e-cigarettes is negatively affecting the many strides the campaign has made in keeping youth from partaking in tobacco products. Due to this increase ‘Kick Butts Day’ has received a fresh take on the issue and is now Take Down Tobacco National Day of Action, a campaign focused on all tobacco products, not just the ones with butts.
What can I do?
Celebrate Take Down Tobacco by organizing an event or activity for youth in your community to help raise awareness about the campaign. Once you have your plan, register your Take Down Tobacco event online and then promote it.
If Mar. 18 doesn’t work with your schedule, you are encouraged to hold a Take Down Tobacco Day event at any time throughout the year. Check out the campaign’s activities database for ideas.
The AARC has compiled great tools and resources to help you build your skills and knowledge on tobacco cessation.