Taking Down Tobacco

FCCLA and the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK) are encouraging chapters across the nation to get involved in life-saving advocacy as we work together to Take Down Tobacco and #BetheFirst tobacco-free generation!



Why get involved? 


In the US, tobacco use kills more than 480,000 people every year – more than AIDS, alcohol, car accidents, illegal drugs, murders, and suicides combined.  As part of FCCLA’s Student Body national program, we are partnering with CTFK to help reduce tobacco’s deadly toll.  CTFK advocates for public policies proven to prevent kids from smoking, to help smokers quit, and to protect everyone from secondhand smoke.  YOU can play an important role in the fight against tobacco and its harmful effects.



Taking Down Tobacco 101 - Spring Contest

CTFK offers free online courses and resources to help you understand the dangers of tobacco use and how your voice can make a difference. Be one of the first 25 chapters to complete these free courses and lead a Taking Down Tobacco 101 training, and you will win $100. FCCLA chapters that host a training for at least 75 youth will also be entered to win one of three $1,000 cash prizes. The deadline to lead and report a training is May 1, 2019.


Contest Instructions for Chapter Advisers


Contest Instructions for Individual Members


Participating students are also encouraged to apply for the Taking Down Tobacco Trainer of the Year Scholarship worth $1,000.


Take Action on Kick Butts Day


Kick Butts Day is a national day of activism that empowers youth to stand out, speak up and seize control against Big Tobacco. The next Kick Butts Day is March 20, 2019. We're expecting more than 1,000 events in schools and communities across the United States and even around the world.


On Kick Butts Day, teachers, youth leaders and health advocates organize events to:


  • Raise awareness of the problem of tobacco use in their state or community;
  • Encourage youth to reject the tobacco industry's deceptive marketing and stay tobacco-free; and
  • Urge elected officials to take action to protect kids from tobacco.


Request your FREE Pledge Wall Activity Kit


For a limited time, our partners at the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids are offering FREE FCCLA Co-Branded Pledge Wall Activity Kits thanks to the generous support of the CVS Health Foundation. Kits can be used as a great educational and awareness tool to gather signatures of support to #BeTheFirst tobacco-free generation as a standalone activity or incorporated into an existing event for Kick Butts Day on March 20, 2019.




Each Pledge Wall Activity Kit includes:


  • Instruction Sheet
  • 1 #BeTheFirst Pledge Wall Banner
  • Marker
  • 50 #BeTheFirst Buttons
  • 50 #BeTheFirst Stickers


Click here to register your Kick Butts Day event and request your free activity kit.


Already registered an event? Log into your Kick Butts Day account and edit your event to include the "Pledge Wall (with limited edition pledge wall kit)" activity.



Connect to Other FCCLA Programs


Chapters who participate in advocating for healthier choices should submit a Student Body program award application. To learn how to apply for a national program award click here.


Students should also consider using their experience to compete in the Advocacy STAR Event. To learn more about this STAR Event click here.








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