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Home Local News Brookline Youth Selected To Receive Grant To Fight Big Tobacco

Brookline Youth Selected To Receive Grant To Fight Big Tobacco

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BROOKLINE, MA - The Brookline High School Peer Leadership Program has been awarded $2,500 from The 84 Movement to work on an initiative to support a pharmacy ban on tobacco in Brookline, as well as to organize an educational initiative about tobacco for Brookline High students as part of Kick Butts Day at the high school. The Peer Leadership Program is a subsidiary of the Brookline Coalition Against Substance Abuse (B-CASA).

The Brookline High School Peer Leadership Program is part of The 84 Movement which helps mobilize youth to take action to protect their communities from the influence of the tobacco industry. The grant is one of fifteen awarded to youth groups from across the Commonwealth who are committed to fighting Big Tobacco in their neighborhoods and schools. As a part of their ongoing efforts to prevent youth smoking, the Brookline High School Peer Leaders will advocate for a ban on the sale of tobacco products in educational institutions and pharmacies, create and distribute educational materials at the high school, plan and execute Kick Butts Day at the high school, and participate in the state-wide Kick Butts Day in the spring.

“Smoking is the number one preventable cause of disease and death in Massachusetts and in the world today, and we want our young people to realize that they have the power and the creativity to help prevent a new generation of people from becoming addicted to tobacco. The Brookline High Peer Leaders are an incredible group of students and the 84 mini grant will allow them to expand their outreach efforts in the high school and community,” said Lauren VanDixhorn, B-CASA staff.

The 84 movement is funded by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Program and is managed by Health Resources in Action.

For more information on the work being done to combat Big Tobacco around the State visit www.makesmokinghistory.org and www.The84.org.

About the Metro Boston Tobacco Free Community Partnership, a Program of Health Resources in Action The Metro Boston Tobacco-Free Community Partnership supports communities’ efforts to lower smoking prevalence and exposure to secondhand smoke; enhance state and local tobacco control efforts by exposing tobacco industry tactics, mobilizing the community to support and adopt evidence-based policies, and changing social norms. Funded by the Massachusetts Tobacco Cessation and Prevention program Community Partnerships serve as a resource for local coalitions, health and human service agencies, municipalities, and workplaces on tobacco intervention efforts.

Contact :

Elizabeth Tanefis
Metro Boston Tobacco Free Community Partnership
Tel :617-279-2240 x530
Email: etanefis@hria.org