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Green Cove Springs proclaims March 20th as Kick Butts Day
March 19, 2013

Three members of the Clay County Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) Chapter attended the City of Green Cove Springs city council meeting on March 19, 2013 to receive a proclamation from Mayor Pam Lewis declaring March 20, 2013 as Kick Butts Day.

In order to continue to bring awareness of the predatory tobacco industry marketing of candy-flavored tobacco products, the Tobacco Free Partnership of Clay County and the SWAT youth asked the city council to publicly recognize the nation-wide annual Kick Butts Day created by the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids. Kick Butts Day is a day for youth advocates to “Stand up, Speak out & Seize control against Big Tobacco.”

Our SWAT youth accepted the proclamation and addressed the audience with a short presentation on candy-flavored tobacco products. The SWAT youth also thanked the City of Green Cove Springs for their continued support. Green Cove Springs was the first municipality in Clay County to adopt a state-wide resolution calling for a voluntary ban on sales of candy-flavored tobacco products.

KBD Proclamation

Upon the end of the presentation, Council member Felecia Hampshire congratulated the SWAT youth and staff, remarking on the history of the Clay County SWAT youths advocacy efforts beginning in the late 1990s and the positive impact in our community.

After Kick Butts Day, the Clay County SWAT youth will be working on obtaining a candy-flavored resolution from Keystone Heights and an Earth Day proclamation from Orange Park.

SWAT is open to all youth in Clay County, ages 11-17. To become involved, contact our office today!