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Updates Blog | Kick Butts Day http://www.kickbuttsday.org/updates en gtorrez@tobaccofreekids.org Copyright 2017 2017-03-23T18:18:00+00:00 Thank You For Kicking Butts http://www.kickbuttsday.org/updates/2017_03_23_thankyou http://www.kickbuttsday.org/updates/2017_03_23_thankyou#When:18:18:00Z Last week, thousands of youth and adults across the United States and around the world took action to stand out, speak up, and seize control against Big Tobacco. This was our 22nd annual Kick Butts Day, and we’re thrilled to announce it was also one of our most successful ever! The passion and creativity demonstrated by advocates like you was incredible, and we truly can’t thank you enough.

Highlighting Success

Our collective impact this year was huge. Some numbers:

  • 1,000+ Kick Butts Day events in all 50 states and 8 different countries
  • 200+ news stories nationwide

Beyond the events themselves, tobacco-control advocates were incredibly active on social media, extending the reach of their events even further. Visit our #iKickButts gallery to see videos and images of advocates taking action all over the country!


After the Event

Just because your event has come to an end doesn’t mean its impact has to! Check out our after the event page to get some ideas on how you can follow up with the media, thank your attendees, and tell us about your event.

After The Event

As great as Kick Butts Day in 2017 was, we know you’ll find a way to make 2018 even better. Kick Butts Day is officially held only one day every year, but we encourage you to keep kicking butts all year so we can make the next generation tobacco-free.


The Flavor Trap http://www.kickbuttsday.org/updates/the-flavor-trap http://www.kickbuttsday.org/updates/the-flavor-trap#When:20:36:00Z March 15, 2017 is Kick Butts Day, and youth everywhere are standing up to Big Tobacco. We’re expecting more than 1,000 creative events across the United States and around the world.

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is proud to sponsor Kick Butts Day. We fight every day to protect kids from tobacco addiction. We know that teachers, parents, advocates and many others will be standing with youth today in the fight against tobacco.

Today, Tobacco-Free Kids released a new report that shows how tobacco companies are luring kids with candy-flavored e-cigarettes and cigars. There are over 7,700 e-cigarette and 250 cigar flavors to entice a new generation of kids into addiction, including flavors like cotton candy, gummy bear and cherry dynamite. These flavors are helping to fuel the popularity of e-cigarettes and cigars among young people. In fact, a recent study found 81 percent of kids who ever used tobacco products started with a flavored product.

We’ve reduced cigarette smoking to record lows, but these flavored tobacco products threaten to addict a new generation. Today, we urge our elected officials, especially representatives in Congress, to protect kids from all tobacco products. Together, we can win the fight against tobacco and make the next generation tobacco-free. Learn more at flavortrap.org.

Find Events

Are you interested in learning about Kick Butts Day events happening near you? Check out out ourinteractive map or read state press releases on featured Kick Butts Day events.

Share Your Story

Join us by sharing your story of how and why YOU kick butts on social media using the hashtag #iKickButts and check out our live gallery of leaders kicking butts.

Final tips & tricks! http://www.kickbuttsday.org/updates/2017_03_14_tipsandtricks http://www.kickbuttsday.org/updates/2017_03_14_tipsandtricks#When:13:15:00Z After months of planning, it’s finally here – tomorrow is Kick Butts Day! Tomorrow, youth across the United States and around the world will stand out, speak up, and seize control against Big Tobacco with creative, impactful events. We can’t wait to see what you have planned!

Final Tips and Tricks

  • Register

    If you haven’t already, be sure to register your event. Registering your event puts your event on our interactive map of events occurring around the world, and helps us get a sense of just how big our impact is.

Get on the map


  • Connect

    Connect to us on social media @KickButtsDay to be among the first to see some exciting new materials we’ll be releasing tomorrow morning. And don’t forget to share your photos, videos, and live updates of your event with us and event organizers around the world by using the hashtag #iKickButts.

  • Share your story: #iKickButts

    We want to hear what you’re doing to kick butts, and why you’re doing it. We all fight tobacco for different reasons and in different ways, and together, we’re making incredible progress in the fight against tobacco. Join your fellow advocates around the world on social media by using the hashtag #iKickButts. You can find instructions, our photo generator, and our real-time gallery here.

Thank you for everything you’ve done to make this Kick Butts Day one to remember. We’re looking forward to seeing the photos, videos, and media coverage of your amazing events.

Increase Your Event’s Reach! Attract Media Attention http://www.kickbuttsday.org/updates/2017_02_27_media http://www.kickbuttsday.org/updates/2017_02_27_media#When:18:02:00Z If you’re going to spend time and energy planning and organizing a Kicks Butts Day event, don’t you want people to hear your message?

Not only does press coverage help spread your message throughout the community, it also publicizes your event and can boost attendance. Moreover, it educates people about the issues you’re working on, inspires others to follow your lead and get involved in tobacco control, and catches the eyes of public officials who determine local and state policies.

Never worked with the media before? Don’t worry - we have all the resources you need to generate press coverage for your event!

When you register an event, one of our expert media coordinators will reach out, confirm your event details and help you attract media attention. On top of that, select events will be highlighted in a statewide news release!

We’ve also developed do-it-yourself resources for event organizers who want to reach out to local media:

  • The Promote Your Event to the Media page explains how to tell local media about your event.
  • Our February webinar focused on kicking butts through the media. Download the slides here.
  • Our new media how-to kit includes tips for working with reporters and templates for writing a press release and a letter-to-the-editor.


Trying to get media coverage may seem difficult, but the headlines you’ll receive are worth the effort!

And when you make the news, we want to hear about it! Make sure to share links to the stories with the Kick Butts Day team by emailing kbdinfo@kickbuttsday.org.

Put your event on the map! http://www.kickbuttsday.org/updates/2017_01_31_map http://www.kickbuttsday.org/updates/2017_01_31_map#When:15:19:00Z Kick Butts Day is less than two months away!

On March 15, youth across the United States and around the world will participate in Kick Butts Day to reject Big Tobacco’s deadly products and harmful marketing tactics.

Have you registered your event? We’re urging event organizers to register soon so we’re aware of the events taking place.

Once you register your event, it will appear on our 2017 Kick Butts Day map, an interactive tool that shares information about events worldwide. For a limited time, we’ll give prizes to every 50th event registered.

Getting on the map is a great way to let your community, local media, and other Kick Butts Day advocates know about your planned activity. And if you need one more reason to get on the map, once you register your event, you’ll be contacted by a member of our expert media team. He or she will work with you to get reporters and camera crews at your event.

We look forward to seeing everyone’s events on the map. With every event planned, we are one step closer to creating the first tobacco-free generation.

Taking Down Tobacco is now live! http://www.kickbuttsday.org/updates/2017_01_30_takingdowntobacco http://www.kickbuttsday.org/updates/2017_01_30_takingdowntobacco#When:15:30:00Z Taking Down Tobacco, our new FREE online training program, is now live!

Taking Down Tobacco is a comprehensive youth advocacy training program created by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids in partnership with the CVS Health Foundation. This initiative educates and engages youth through online and in-person trainings. It provides introductory training for youth new to the fight against tobacco and advanced training to help young leaders take their advocacy to the next level.

Geared toward middle and high-school students, Taking Down Tobacco empowers youth to create change in their schools, communities and states and help achieve the first tobacco-free generation.


Visit www.takingdowntobacco.org and create an account. If you already have a Kicks Butts Day account, you can login with those same credentials. If you don’t have a Kick Butts Day account, you’ll be prompted to create an account when you visit the site for the first time.

Once you have created an account, you’ll be able to immediately access the introductory course, Taking Down Tobacco 101.


In this introductory training, advocates will learn the basics about tobacco, including the dangers of cigarette smoking and other tobacco use, the many types of tobacco products and how they are marketed, and the proven solutions that can win the fight against tobacco. Completion of this course is necessary to continue on to other courses.


Upon completion of the introductory course, youth leaders and adult allies can learn the skills to train other youth advocates and deliver the Taking Down Tobacco 101 course in their own communities. This course includes tips on engaging and inspiring your audience and customizing the training for your community. Upon completion, certified trainers will have access to a facilitator’s guide and additional resources.


The Core 4 are our advanced advocacy trainings for users who have completed Taking Down Tobacco 101. While designed for youth, the Core 4 trainings are focused on developing effective messages for advocacy campaigns, working with the media, communicating with community leaders and elected officials, and creating impactful advocacy events useful to all. Discussion guides will be available to download for adult allies to implement the course content into local work.


We’re so excited to launch this new program and can’t wait to see how it influences youth engagement in the fight against tobacco. Visit www.takingdowntobacco.org to get started!

For more information about the program and how it can be integrated into your work and your Kick Butts Day event, check out our Training Up to Kick Butts webinar.

Boost Your Event with a Mini-Grant http://www.kickbuttsday.org/updates/2016_12_20_grant http://www.kickbuttsday.org/updates/2016_12_20_grant#When:14:39:00Z Please note: The deadline to apply for a 2017 mini grant has passed.

We’re thrilled to once again offer $150, $250, and $500 mini-grants to support Kick Butts Day events around the country. Mini-grants are a way for us to boost events that demonstrate creativity, youth leadership, and careful planning to reach the media and decision-makers.


First, register your event. Once that’s done, you’ll be able to access the mini-grant application page. Please note that while we encourage you to register every event you’re hosting, you can only apply for a mini-grant for one of your events. Make sure you choose the event that would most benefit from financial support.

Your application is your chance to tell us more about the event and how mini-grant funds would improve it. We’re looking to fund events that are well thought-out – the more you tell us about it, the more likely we are to help you fund it! If you haven’t already, start planning your event now. We will only consider complete and fully submitted applications.


To learn more about mini-grants, including additional details on how to apply and what we are looking for in applications, visit our FAQ:


Become a 2017 Youth Advocate of the Year! http://www.kickbuttsday.org/updates/2016_12_5_yaya http://www.kickbuttsday.org/updates/2016_12_5_yaya#When:14:51:00Z



Every year, we honor exemplary youth advocates from across the country with our Youth Advocates of the Year Awards (YAYA). These youth go above and beyond in every way, working to reduce the toll of tobacco in their communities.

Award winners are honored in May at our annual Gala in Washington, D.C., and receive scholarships, grants, and national attention to support their work. For the following year, winners work closely with the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids on local, state, and federal issues, elevating their voice to make an impact.

Past winners have appeared in People Magazine, spoken alongside the U.S. Surgeon General, and participated in White House events. You could be next!

The deadline to apply for the 2017 Youth Advocate of the Year Awards has passed.

Register Now for Kick Butts Day 2017 http://www.kickbuttsday.org/updates/2016_11_16_registration http://www.kickbuttsday.org/updates/2016_11_16_registration#When:17:39:00Z


Registration for Kick Butts Day began today, and we can’t wait to see the events planned for March 15.

This past Kick Butts Day, over 1,000 creative and diverse events were held across the country, engaging tons of new advocates in the fight against tobacco. Advocates made their message clear: we will fight tobacco until we end the epidemic for good.

We know that our next Kick Butts Day will have a greater impact. But we can’t do it alone – We need advocates like you to bring the community together and let the world know that we won’t tolerate tobacco’s deadly toll.

Ready to get started?

IT’S AS EASY AS 1, 2, 3!

Hosting a successful Kick Butts Day event is as easy as 1, 2, 3: Plan it, Register It, and Supercharge It!

Click below for a crash course in planning, registering, and executing a powerful Kick Butts Day event:


If you’re ahead of the game and have already begun planning your Kick Butts Day event, tell us about it! You can register your event today, and update the details in the coming months.



Mark your calendar and join us for our Kick Butts Day Kick-Off webinar on Wednesday, Dec. 14, at 3 p.m. EST. We’ll walk you through everything you need to know to have a successful Kick Butts Day, including event ideas and how to apply for grants to boost your event.

Learn more

Mark your calendar for Kick Butts Day 2017! http://www.kickbuttsday.org/updates/2016_10_04_savethedate http://www.kickbuttsday.org/updates/2016_10_04_savethedate#When:18:25:00Z Kicks Butts Day is less than six months away! On Wednesday, March 15, youth leaders, advocates and teachers will stand up to the tobacco industry and join together at events highlighting the deadly toll of tobacco.

Advocates held over 1,000 events this past Kick Butts Day. They delivered a clear and powerful message: This is how #iKickButts and I won’t stop until we end the tobacco epidemic. The events were creative, and they engaged new advocates in the fight against tobacco.

But we’re not satisfied; we can’t be when tobacco kills six million people worldwide every year and Big Tobacco continues to market its deadly products in ways that appeal to young people. We’re counting on you to not be satisfied either and to join us in making Kick Butts Day 2017 the most powerful we’ve ever had.

Registration opens in November, but here are a few ways to get a head start:


Check out the #iKickButtsgallery, find out what events took place in your state, or brush up on Big Tobacco’s 7 Slick Tricks to Target Kids.


If you’re new to Kick Butts Day or a veteran looking to shake things up, the activities database is a great place to start. You can sort activities by age range and budget to ensure you find the perfect activity for your group.


As March 15 approaches, we’ll unveil opportunities to fund your event, train advocates, apply for Youth Advocate of the Year Awards and maximize your impact with our webinar series, which starts in November.

Update your Kick Butts Day account, or create one, and join our mailing list to have all the latest updates sent right to your inbox.

And make sure to stay connected with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!