Delaware Kick Butts Generation Celebrates 20th Anniversary
200 Delaware youth to kick off celebration at weekend Summit
(January 10, 2019) - NEWARK, De.
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The Delaware Kick Butts Generation will be celebrating its 20th Anniversary of youth tobacco control in Delaware at a special summit January 18-20, 2019 at Embassy Suites Newark/Wilmington South. Two hundred youth from across the state will attend this fun weekend of training, skills building, tobacco control education, team building, youth bonding, and more. Teens will leave the summit with a better understanding of the dangers of nicotine and tobacco – including e-cigarettes- and how to talk with their peers.
“KBG was instrumental in promoting and gaining support for the Delaware Clean Indoor Air Act,” said Chief Mission Officer for the American Lung Association Deb Brown. “For the past two decades, the American Lung Association has been extremely proud to have worked with young, passionate groups of teens who help save future generations from a lifetime of tobacco addiction.”
KBG promotes tobacco-free parks, beaches, playgrounds, in addition to clean air for everyone.
Youth involved with KBG also realize the dangers of e-cigarettes and are committed to keeping their peers from using these products, by spreading the truth about these e-cigarettes and educating Delaware youth on the tactics tobacco companies use to hook teens on these products.
“We are extremely excited to be kicking-off the 20th anniversary of the Kick Butts Generation,” said Matt Coyle, health promotions specialist, American Lung Association. “I went from being part of KBG as a youth to, today, having the opportunity to work and lead this talented group of kids, who are working hard to keep their peers tobacco free in Delaware.”
The KBG was started in 1999 with 13 schools participating. Outspoken teen leaders from these schools were tired of bathrooms being used for smoking. They wanted smoking out of their schools and to inform their peers on the dangers of tobacco and nicotine. The Kick Butts Generation is made possible through the Division of Public Health's Youth Tobacco Prevention and Education Contract. Significant funding for the Contract is provided by the Delaware Health Fund. The contract is managed by the American Lung Association in Delaware, which provides resources and material for advocacy and education.
For media interested in interviews or attending the KBG Youth Summit contact American Lung Association Eastern Division Communications Director Ewa Dworakowski at [email protected] or 717-503-3903.
About the American Lung Association
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe; to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families; and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and a Gold-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.
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