We won the NHPS “Kick Butts Day” hashtag battle!

We’re so proud of our students for taking a stand against smoking and, in the process, winning the New Haven Public Schools hashtag battle!

From WTNH:

New Haven, Conn. (WTNH) –  Kick Butts Day, is a national day for young people to speak out against Big Tobacco.  In honor of the day of empowerment, the city of new Haven hosted a social media event for high school students.  The idea is to tell Big Tobacco that teens are not the replacements for aging smokers.

Three student ambassadors moderated a social media campaign to raise awareness among their fellow students.  The hash tag #NotAReplacement!, was a main theme, but each high school is using their own hash tags to post about the cause on Twitter, Instagram, & Facebook. The high school with the  highest number of posts will be recognized for its work and receive a school wide prize and a visit from Mayor Toni Harp and Superintendent of Schools Garth Harries.

Last fall, during the Great American Smoke Out which is an annual event, the Harp administration said they were working on initiatives to make New Haven a tobacco-free city.  Harp wants to help adult smokers quit and have more areas in the city designated as smoke free areas.   Educating the public about the negative effects of smoking is also important.

So far 4,500 New Haven Public School students have received health education lessons addressing tobacco prevention and other addictive substances.


If you’d like to learn more about Kick Butts Day, visit http://www.kickbuttsday.org/