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Youth Crew ‘kicks butts’ against tobacco

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Members of the Reading Coalition Against Substance Abuse Youth Crew joined more than 200 youths from across the Commonwealth at the Massachusetts State House March 20 for a “Kick Butts Day” to celebrate their role in reducing the influence of the tobacco industry in their communities. The Youth Crew is a member of The 84 Movement, which helps mobilize youths to take action to make their communities more tobacco-free. During their visit to the State House, the Youth Crew met with lawmakers to discuss the effect that price has on youth tobacco use, and took part in a speaking program with Dr. Lauren Smith, interim commissioner of the state Department of Public Health. Created in 2007, The 84 Movement is a statewide program of the state health department’s Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Program. For more information about the program and work being done throughout the state to make smoking history, visit

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