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They Put WHAT in a Cigarette?!
There’s a lot more than just tobacco in cigarettes. Cigarettes contain over 7,000 chemicals – including at least 69 cancer-causing toxins.
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Before the Event:
Track down some household items that contain the same ingredients as cigarettes.
Organize a place where you can display these products in a populated area, either at your school’s lunch period or downtown when there’s heavy foot traffic. Get the proper permission in advance!
Create a large display with all of the chemical names, and title it “What’s in a cigarette?
Contact the media and make sure they know what you are doing, where you will be, and what time you will be there.
During the Event:
When passersby approach your display, explain that these household items contain the same ingredients as what’s in a cigarette.
If you plan to have a table, set up your table and have representatives on hand to answer questions and share information about fighting Big Tobacco.
Upload photos and videos to social media with the hashtag #iKickButts.
After the Event:
Contact the media again! Be sure to send a press release and photos to any media outlets who didn’t show up.
Visuals can be incredibly powerful, but they’re the most powerful with a call to action. Make sure you provide enough context and information so that your community can take real action to reduce the toll of tobacco. Once you’ve captured their attention with a powerful visual about the problem, give them ways to be part of the solution.
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