Alexandria, VA – On Wednesday, March 18, youth will take action against tobacco use in Alexandria, as a part of Take Down Tobacco National Day of Action (formerly Kick Butts Day).
On this National Day of Action, the Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Alexandria (SAPCA), in partnership with the Keep It 360 Club, T.C. Williams High School Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC), Alexandria Police Department, Alexandria Sheriff’s Office and the Alexandria Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities, will continue statewide efforts to educate every tobacco retailer in Virginia.
Take Down Tobacco Day will engage Alexandria youth in ensuring that tobacco vendors are training staff and checking photo IDs for every tobacco sale.
Introduced by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Take Down Tobacco National Day of Action is an annual day of activism where communities across the globe rally to push for the first tobacco-free generation. Each year, more than 2,000 events are held around the country as youth mobilize to raise awareness about the problems of tobacco use in schools and the community.
An event to highlight the day will kick off at 3:30 p.m. at T.C. Williams High School (3330 King St.). The event will be emceed by Keep It 360 Club Students.
SAPCA is an alliance of parents, youth, schools, city health and recreation agencies, media, nonprofits, businesses, policymakers and law enforcement whose mission is to engage diverse sectors of the community in collaborative, cross-cultural and comprehensive substance abuse prevention efforts that result in a reduction of underage substance use and abuse in the City of Alexandria.
For more information about the Take Down Tobacco Day event, visit preventitalexandria.org.