Consider this: the number one preventable cause of death in the U.S. is being sold in more than 50,000 pharmacies, places where you go for “health information and services.” “DoSomething.org, a global movement of over 5.5 million young people and truth, the most successful tobacco prevention campaign, are asking young people to let their voices be heard through a campaign called Take Back the Shelves. Between now and December 31, 2016, the campaign wants you to be creative, use social media, and “demand that pharmacies remove tobacco from shelves.”
By going to the DoSomething.org/shelves site, you can not only sign up for the campaign, you can learn the tactics used by the “tobacco companies to attract young consumers.” Then download a template and create artwork with items you want to see behind the counters instead of tobacco products. Use the tag #TakeBacktheShelves to share your drawings on social media and tag a “pharmacy to ask them to remove tobacco products from their shelves.”
In 2014 CVS Health removed tobacco products and were successful with their campaign. Now DoSomething.org and truth are “asking pharmacies to remove tobacco products altogether because we believe this can be the generation to end smoking for good.” Let’s hope this is the generation to end smoking for good and #FinishIt.
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