Who is Resist?
Big Tobacco's WORST NIGHTMARE
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 is made possible with the support of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, the Tobacco Free Kansas Coalition and the Kansas Health Foundation.
Make a difference. Join Resist.
When we say youth-led, we mean it!
Are you interested in being a tobacco control leader in your community and at the state level?
Do you want to prevent your peers from using tobacco?
Do you enjoy working with youth and adults who are as passionate as you are?
Do you want to make a positive impact on others?
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.
Reno County, KS
“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.
Ford County, KS
“Unity is strength… when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.” – Anonymous
I strive to ensure that my peers and our youth are not influenced by tobacco. I have a hope in which our youth can breathe the fresh air of our planet and be free of any disease caused by tobacco.
Lincoln County, KS
“I do not know the word ‘quit.’ either I never did or I abolished it.” -Susan Butcher
My hope is to make a change in the tobacco industry and possibly see the first generation that ends tobacco use. I love that RESIST is youth led because we have so many opportunities to make a change. This year is my first with RESIST and already I have seen a difference in my town’s tobacco use!
Ford County, KS
“Many small people, in small places, doing small things, can change the world.” – Eduardo Galeano
No one should have to worry about a loved one being influenced by tobacco industries. Our communities need to become more aware of our fight against tobacco and I intend to help spread the word.
Atchison County, KS
“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
A small mistake in high school can cause life-long impacts. I am looking forward to the opportunity that RESIST will provide me in helping those who struggle with tobacco. I also forward to growing and learning skills that will help me become a better leader later in life.
Event Coordination Chair
Sedgwick County, KS
“Everything negative – pressure, challenges – is all an opportunity for me to rise.”
– Kobe Bryant
I can help teens that see their peers and parents doing tobacco and provide them with the support they need. I want them to know, “You can be the difference.” They don’t have to follow in any one’s footsteps no matter how much pressure is on them.
Community Engagement Chair
Dickinson County, KS
“Never underestimate a woman with ambition.” – Anonymous
I am part of the RESIST Council because I grew tired of seeing my peers affected by tobacco. I want to help my generation in any way I can. Because tobacco is the number one cause of preventable death in America, I am determined to help create the first tobacco-free generation.
Allen County, KS
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” – Dr. Suess
I want my generation to be the first generation to be drug free. That’s why I’m part of the RESIST Council. I don’t like seeing people lose a loved one because of drugs and think that advertising drugs in stores and on TV should not be allowed.
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!