Who is Resist?
Big Tobacco's WORST NIGHTMARE
Resist is a youth-led, statewide movement created to FIGHT against the tobacco industry’s influence on Kansans.
We know that we are targets for Big Tobacco Companies’ deceitful marketing tactics and we REFUSE to fall into their trap. We recognize and resist against big tobacco influences and we are DETERMINED to reduce tobacco-use rates in Kansas.
WE ARE RESIST.
Resist advocates for the de-normalization of tobacco use among Kansas’ youth and unites communities to create one voice to stand up against the tobacco industry. Youth not only participate in tobacco control prevention activities structured by this program, but they also help design and implement them utilizing the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Best Practices for Youth Engagement. This program was designed to influence both the state and local levels of tobacco control and prevention.
Resist is made possible with the support of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, the Tobacco Free Kansas Coalition and the Kansas Health Foundation.
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Get the Facts
When we say youth-led, we mean it!
Please note that Resist is not against the tobacco user, but rather the tobacco industry. An individual who is using tobacco may apply, but he or she must be enrolled in an active cessation program and will be required to sign a pledge to follow through with the cessation program.
Meet the Council
The Resist State Youth Council guides the body for the Resist movement, comprising up to 15 youth, grades 8-12, with regional representation throughout the entire state. Resist council members plan, implement and participate in statewide advocacy events, activities and marketing strategies. They engage in local activism, serve as youth leaders, educate their peers on tobacco issues and empower others to start taking action! The Council’s mission is to inspire, lead and unite communities across Kansas to fight against Big Tobacco.
“Awareness and education of tobacco use is a must- Over 1/3 of cancers can be prevented with share of voice.”
“I want to be a part of the change that will help create a big-tobacco free future.”
“I think tobacco prevention is a big necessity in today’s society. For me personally, helping advocate tobacco prevention makes me feel accomplished with my life.”
“I care about tobacco prevention because quitting tobacco is very hard; I want my generation to be the one that never starts.”
“The tobacco industry had been attacking us kids for too long. I want to stop them and help the next generation be tobacco free and the generations after that.”
“I want to make a difference and help the world to stop smoking because I want the world to be a healthier place. I had a double lung transplant when I was twelve and I want to be able to walk outdoors and have fun without having to hold my breath when I walk by someone smoking. I want people to stop and think that they aren’t just hurting themselves, they’re hurting others around them.”
“Smoking leaves an unseen scar, it fills your insides with toxins and tar.”
“I want to be a part of the generation that ends tobacco usage.”
“In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity.” – Albert Einstein
Big Tobacco companies are spending millions each day to get me hooked on tobacco and something needs to be done about it. For three years I have worked diligently with RESIST to spread awareness about Big Tobacco and its effects on our health to my peers in my community. I always have, and always will, have a passion for tobacco advocacy.
Resist works to counteract tobacco influences on Kansas’ youth. We strive to change the way people think about tobacco by making it less acceptable and less accessible. We do this by advocating to strengthen tobacco policies that affect how tobacco is sold, where it can be marketed and where it can be used. Resist members participate in activities such as community education and engagement, state wide events, data collection and media advocacy.
Anyone in Kansas who is in Middle School or High School is able to join Resist.
Complete our online registration form and a tobacco prevention staff member in your region will contact you.
Yes, Resist is a new movement in Kansas and we need your help to establish more chapters around the state! Complete our online registration form and a tobacco prevention staff in your region will put you in contact with other individuals in your area so you can collaborate on tobacco prevention initiatives. The staff will also let you know of any upcoming meetings or events so you can become active in the movement.
Resist is anti-tobacco industry, not anti-smokers. If you are a smoker, chances are you’ve fallen into Big Tobacco’s marketing trap. We understand products are addictive and we want to help you quit!
…for something you believe in takes courage, and becoming part of something that makes a positive impact on others can be extremely rewarding.
Join today and become part of this powerful, youth-led movement!
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Fill out the form below, and a Resist staff member will touch base with you as soon as possible.