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Every year around Kick Butts Day, the Council on Chemical Abuse’s Prevention Specialists visit Berks County high schools to provide activities and education on smoking, vaping and other tobacco products.
“There’s no reason to quit if you don’t start in the first place,” says Sarah Billman, Prevention Specialist.
For several years, our prevention specialists have partnered with Reading Senior High School’s JROTC students to organize a series of school-wide awareness events over a two day period. These include a “butt” pickup, in which JROTC students scour the school grounds for cigarette butts and other tobacco litter.
Events culminate with a lunch-time festival that involves all students in grades 9 through 12. During the festival, students can play tobacco jeopardy, peruse displays about the contents of a cigarette, and make a pledge on a graffiti wall about why they choose not to smoke, vape, or use tobacco products. Participating students receive giveaways such as no-smoking lollipops, stickers with facts and statistics, and literature (comic books, etc.).
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