Friday, April 18, 2014

Pottsgrove is Kicking Butts

From left, Regan Bradley, Natalie LoBello, Tyler Apple, and Kimberly Kelly

Blogger's Note: The following was provided by the Pottsgrove School District:

On March 19 --- “Kick Butts Day” ---- youth across the country stood up to Big Tobacco and voiced their determination to live tobacco-free lives.

As part of the day, supporters teamed up with youth to applaud CVS/Caremark for their decision to stop selling tobacco products as of Oct. 1, 2014.

Locally, members of the Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Montgomery County visited 21 CVS stores to present them with a certificate of appreciation from the coalition at large and from the presenting coalition member’s organization.
Nine remaining stores received their certificate by mail.

Kimberly Kelly, Community Counselor from The Lincoln Center, works with youth in the Pottsgrove School District. She and three of her students visited the CVS on North Charlotte Street to present them with their certificate from the coalition. 

These young people made a powerful statement against the tobacco companies’ targeting of young, “replacement” customers --- new smokers to replace the ones who continue to die of lung disease. 

The sad truth is that every day, another 700 kids become smokers, and one-third of them will die prematurely as a result of smoking-related diseases.

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