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Not a Replacement. Bea Saptang (10) fills out a “Not a Replacement” paper.  After filling out a “Not a Replacement” sign, students were able to have their photo taken. “I wouldn’t say Kick butts day definitely “kicked butt”, but the effort into preventing the use of tobacco and emphasizing the harms of smoking was both fun and a bit of a challenge. Despite the lack of interest in some people who walked by the event, it was still nice to see other students getting involved in the #Notareplacement promotion. That’s what made it my favorite part,” Saptang said.

Not a Replacement. Bea Saptang (10) fills out a “Not a Replacement” paper. After filling out a “Not a Replacement” sign, students were able to have their photo taken. “I wouldn’t say Kick butts day definitely “kicked butt”, but the effort into preventing the use of tobacco and emphasizing the harms of smoking was both fun and a bit of a challenge. Despite the lack of interest in some people who walked by the event, it was still nice to see other students getting involved in the #Notareplacement promotion. That’s what made it my favorite part,” Saptang said.

 

Kick Butts Day is a National Day that ASB decided to take part in and bring to our school. Although it does not sound like it by its name, Kick Butts day is to raise awareness against smoking and has existed for 20 years. Earlier in the year, ASB students made various projects against smoking to attend CADA day. CADA day is a leadership event where students from different schools come together to learn new ideas and other activities to bring back to their school. As part of the project, each group had to base their information around one fact, and they all had to be different. Some students chose to talk about the differences between male and female smokers; others chose to talk about chewing tobacco and e- cigarettes.

ASB students shared their projects with the school last Wednesday, March 18th. They displayed their posters during lunch in the hallway, and were available to answer questions and present information on smoking. Students were able to obtain a wide variety of knowledge on smoking due to the various topics on the posters.

As a way to get students more involved with taking a stand against smoking, there were papers to write on that read “I am not a replacement I am”, where students were able to fill in the blank with whatever they wanted. They were then able to take a photo with their sign and add the hashtag “Not a Replacement”. The point behind the phrase is the idea that those who participate in the event are not replacement buyers for other smokers. There were also facts about smoking written all over campus. Some of them included “Tobacco is the leading cause of death in the United States” and “Cigarettes contain over 7000 chemicals and 69 of them cause cancer”.

You can view a few photos of students with their “Not a Replacement” signs on the SECA activities Instagram.

[Written by Alexis Amador (12); Photos by Nicky Williams (12)]

Smile for the Camera Aracely Suarez (12) and Jessica Eudave (12) pose for a photo for Kick Butts Day.  Suarez’s sign read “I am a boxer” and Eudave’s said “I am drug free”. “It took me a while to fill the paper because I personally don’t know what I want to do, but I know for sure I’ll always be drug free because in the long run, drugs, like cigarettes, will only harm me,” Eudave said.

Smile for the Camera. Aracely Suarez (12) and Jessica Eudave (12) pose for a photo for Kick Butts Day. Suarez’s sign read “I am a boxer” and Eudave’s said “I am drug free”. “It took me a while to fill the paper because I personally don’t know what I want to do, but I know for sure I’ll always be drug free because in the long run, drugs, like cigarettes, will only harm me,” Eudave said.

I am… Kiana Poier (11), Navleen Patrola (11), and Bhavika Patel (10) prepare to fill out a “Not a Replacement” sign. Many students stopped by the hallway and filled out their own signs. “It was something different and alluring. My favorite part was when people wrote what they were instead of a replacement,” Patel said.

I Am… Kiana Poier (11), Navleen Patrola (11), and Bhavika Patel (10) prepare to fill out a “Not a Replacement” sign. Many students stopped by the hallway and filled out their own signs. “It was something different and alluring. My favorite part was when people wrote what they were instead of a replacement,” Patel said.

Selfie Time Adrian Riberal (12) takes a selfie with his “Not a Replacement” sign. Students were encouraged to take photos with their sign with the hashtag “Not a Replacement”. “I thought it was a very fun and informational event. There were multiple posters about the consequences of smoking and I got to take a picture of myself with a “Not a Replacement” sign,” Riberal said.

Selfie Time! Adrian Riberal (12) takes a selfie with his “Not a Replacement” sign. Students were encouraged to take photos with their sign with the hashtag “Not a Replacement”. “I thought it was a very fun and informational event. There were multiple posters about the consequences of smoking and I got to take a picture of myself with a “Not a Replacement” sign,” Riberal said.

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We’re Not a Replacement