Youth From West Roxbury Academy Attend Kick Butts Day at State House

West Roxbury Academy is a member of The 84 Movement, which helps mobilize youth to take action to protect their communities from the influence of the tobacco industry.


Editor's note: The following is a press release.

Youth from  joined more than 250 young people from across the Commonwealth to gather at the Massachusetts State House for a Kick Butts Day event to celebrate their role in reducing the influence of the tobacco industry in their communities. 

While at the State House the youth visited with lawmakers, attended a rally with United States Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, and a closing event with Massachusetts Department of Public Health Medical Director Dr. Lauren Smith. 

The young people used their time with lawmakers to discuss the ways the tobacco industry continues to target young people: through a range of new non-cigarette tobacco products, cheap prices, flashy packaging, and product placement in venues young people visit, including convenience stores near schools. The industry then prices the products cheaply to encourage impulse buys by youth. At the rally, each participant received a citation from the United States Surgeon General recognizing them for their efforts in fighting big tobacco in their communities.    

"It is important for our lawmakers and the public to know that the tobacco industry is continuing to target our communities and youth," said John Nguyen, statewide planning committee member for The 84.  "The 84 Chapters from across Massachusetts are working hard to highlight the dangers of tobacco use and to ensure that young people never start." 

West Roxbury Academy is a member of The 84 Movement, which helps mobilize youth to take action to protect their communities from the influence of the tobacco industry. The event celebrated the work these young people are doing to fight back against the tobacco industry’s influence in their communities. 

The 84 Movement is funded by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Program and managed by Health Resources in Action. For more information on The 84 Movement and the work being done throughout the Commonwealth to make smoking history, visit www.The84.org and www.makesmokinghistory.org.

john davidson March 26, 2012 at 01:35 AM
Posters note: The following is a fact release Scientific Evidence Shows Secondhand Smoke Is No Danger Written By: Jerome Arnett, Jr., M.D. Published In: Environment & Climate News Publication Date: July 1, 2008 Publisher: http://www.heartland .org/policybot/resul ts/23399/Scientific_ Evidence_Sho... myth-of-second-hand- smoke http://yourdoctorsor ders.com/2009/01/the -myth-of-second-hand -smoke BS Alert: The 'third-hand smoke' hoax http://www.examiner.com/public-policy-in-louisville/bs-alert-the-third-hand-smoke-hoax The thirdhand smoke scam http://velvetgloveironfist.blogspot.com/2010/02/thirdhand-smoke-scam.html Heart attacks Frauds and Myths.. http://www.spiked-on line.com/index.php/s ite/article/7451/ Piece of Propaganda #4: Anti-Smoking Campaigns http://francoistremblay.wordpress.com/2006/10/08/piece-of-propaganda-4-anti-smoking-campaigns/
john davidson March 26, 2012 at 01:35 AM
Field studies of environmental tobacco smoke indicate that under normal conditions, the components in tobacco smoke are diluted below existing Permissible Exposure Levels (PELS.) as referenced in the Air Contaminant Standard (29 CFR 1910.1000)...It would be very rare to find a workplace with so much smoking that any individual PEL would be exceeded." -Letter From Greg Watchman, Acting Sec'y, OSHA
john davidson March 26, 2012 at 01:37 AM
The Brainwashing of children by the schools and federal government is a travesty of a prohibition movement gone MADD! We’ve been told for years secondhand smoke is deadly dangerous but we are here alive and there are no deaths from it, not even close. It’s an exaggerated, created science all its own. It’s propaganda - fallacies created to have justifications for a new round of tobacco prohibition. I am for freedom, freedom for all people to have their own place in this world, including the smokers! Tobacco smoke maybe an irritant to some, but that’s about it. Its chemical makeup has been so exaggerated by tobacco control pundits, it’s insanity. Only 6 percent of tobacco smoke constitutes those 7,000 theorized and identified components of the smoke. Theorized is the word, since the claimed chemicals are themselves so small they can barely be detected. Nanograms, femtograms are the sizes of what can be detected so they theorize the rest. Four percent is carbon monoxide, while nearly 90 percent constitutes ordinary atmospheric air! These figures come from the surgeon general’s report in 1989.
john davidson March 26, 2012 at 01:37 AM
Oh the pundits may bring up benzene in tobacco smoke. The average cigarette produces roughly 300 micrograms of benzene (1986 report of the surgeon general. p.130) 0.3 micrograms - 300 nanograms. Benzene is normally found in fruits, fish, vegetables, nuts, dairy products, beverages and eggs. The National Cancer Institute estimates that an individual may safely ingest up to 250 micrograms in their food per day, every single day of the year. Thus, the “safe” exposure to benzene from one day of a normal diet is roughly equal to the exposure experienced by a nonsmoker sharing an airspace with smokers for over 750 hours. It’s a political movement and it was never about health. ...


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