On March 20th and 26th 2013, the SOURCE Theatre performed the play Tobacco Tales for middle school students throughout Sarasota County in conjunction with Kick Butts Day. Kick Butts Day occurs on the third Wednesday of March, and it is a national day of activism that empowers youth to speak up and take action against tobacco use.
Tobacco Tales was performed at Pine View School, Heron Creek Middle School, Venice Middle School, and Sarasota Middle School. This play was inspired by true stories from youth in Sarasota County, and it discussed health effects of tobacco use, consequences
of tobacco addiction, candy flavored tobacco products, tobacco advertising, chemicals found in tobacco products, and influences upon youth smoking habits such as friends, family members, television, and movies. For more information about the SOURCE Theatre, please visit their website.
Many SWAT clubs throughout the county also participated in Kick Butts Day by holding activities at their individual locations. Some of these activities included a “tobacco’s dirty laundry” activity to showcase the deceptive practices of the tobacco industry, a carnival where tobacco prevention themed games were played, posters created to promote Kick Butts Day and educate other youth, anti-tobacco messages written in chalk on school sidewalks, and tobacco free pledge posters being signed by other youth.