Legislative Caucus Social Media

Event Messaging

During the event we will rally together to create momentum for our movement using the #VoicesAgainstTobacco and #BigBadTobacco hashtags.

  • A virtual social media wall will be live on our website here displaying messages from any public social media accounts using the #VoicesAgainstTobacco and #BigBadTobacco hashtags.
  • Monitoring the event hashtag and engaging in conversation with other accounts will show solidarity, community, and amplify our voices.
  • Below are pre-created messages that you can share but we strongly encourage all participants to engage during the event by posting their own updates, interesting facts learned during the event, photos, and by retweeting others.
  • Social media posting schedule: We are going to create a storm on social media by all posting together at a few times each day!
    • May 17 (Day 1) – Post at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m.
    • May 18 (Day 2) – Post at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m.

These messages were created by the State-Wide Coordinating Centers.

To use these social media messages:
You can use the images we’ve provided (to download, right click the image, and select “Save image as”), or you can pick your own image.

Make sure to include the #VoicesAgainstTobacco and #BigBadTobacco hashtags so we can interact with your posts.

Images are provided below.


Tobacco & Social Justice
Message 1
Big tobacco’s targeting of the Black community is a social justice issue. Enough is enough– let’s make a change today. #VoicesAgainstTobacco #amplifyourlove

Message 2
Lower income neighborhoods typically have more tobacco retailers near schools in comparison to other neighborhoods. #VoicesAgainstTobacco #amplifyourlove

Message 3
Each year 45,000 Black lives are lost due to tobacco related illnesses. #VoicesAgainstTobacco #amplifyourlove


Flavors
Message 1
Flavors may make tobacco taste better, but the chemicals they contain are still toxic. #VoicesAgainstTobacco #amplifyourlove

Message 2
Smoking and vaping with flavors does not make you look cool. #VoicesAgainstTobacco #amplifyourlove

Message 3
Studies show that 81% of youth began their habit with a flavored product. #VoicesAgainstTobacco #amplifyourlove


Tobacco & COVID
Message 1
Those that smoke have a higher risk of developing COVID-19. #VoicesAgainstTobacco #amplifyourlove

Message 2
Smoking and COVID-19 are a dangerous combination. #VoicesAgainstTobacco #amplifyourlove

Message 3
Breathe easier, quit smoking. #VoicesAgainstTobacco #amplifyourlove


African American woman in jean jacket with blurred protest in background African American man looking to right with brick wall behind

African American woman with painted arm reading “warrior” with blurred protest in background African American man with fist in air with blurred protest in background

To use these social media messages:
You can use the images we’ve provided (to download, right click the image, and select “Save image as”), or you can pick your own image.

Make sure to include the #VoicesAgainstTobacco and #BigBadTobacco hashtags so we can interact with your posts.


Cigarette butts in sand being scooped up with sand toysMessage 1
Raise your voice against Big Tobacco that is actively trashing our environment and homes. Tobacco litter pollutes by releasing chemicals including arsenic and lead.

#VoicesAgainstTobacco #BigBadTobacco


Cigarette butts in sand at beachMessage 2
Your environment needs you to raise your voice against Big Tobacco: our precious aquatic ecosystems are littered with cigarette butts and polluted with deadly chemicals including.

#VoicesAgainstTobacco #BigBadTobacco

To use these social media messages:
You can use the images we’ve provided (to download, right click the image, and select “Save image as”), or you can pick your own image.

Make sure to include the #VoicesAgainstTobacco and #BigBadTobacco hashtags so we can interact with your posts.


Latino middle school students reported the highest rates of ever using electronic cigarettes.Message 1
The 2021 National Youth Tobacco Survey found that Latino middle school students reported the highest rates of ever using electronic cigarettes. This is a direct result of intentional targeting of Latino youth by the Tobacco Industry. It’s time to empower our youth and young adults to work together against the Tobacco Industry and their predatory tactics.

#VoicesAgainstTobacco #TobaccoFreeLatinos #TobaccoFreeCalifornia


The Tobacco Industry intentionally targets Latino youth by creating vaping products in flavors such as horchata, tres leches, and churros.Message 2
Flavored tobacco products continue to pose a significant threat to the health of Latino youth and young adults. In fact, the majority (90.5%) of Latino youth who use tobacco, use a flavored tobacco product. Most recently, the Tobacco Industry has created vaping products in flavors such as horchata, tres leches, and churros. It is time to stand up against the Tobacco Industry and their flavored tobacco products to prevent future generations of nicotine addiction.

#VoicesAgainstTobacco #TobaccoFreeLatinos #TobaccoFreeCalifornia


Latino communities are burdened with a higher density of retailers selling tobacco compared to the general population. Close proximity of tobacco retailers increases the likelihood of initiation of tobacco use among youth and young adults.Message 3
Latino communities are burdened with a higher density of retailers selling tobacco, at 103.3 per 100,000 residents compared to 78.0 for the general population. Close proximity of tobacco retailers increasing the likelihood of initiation of tobacco use among youth and young adults. This is an intentional effort by the Tobacco Industry to target the Latino community. It is time that we work with our elected officials to stand up together against the Tobacco Industry’s predatory tactics.

#VoicesAgainstTobacco #TobaccoFreeLatinos #TobaccoFreeCalifornia


Tobacco companies have donated to many Latino elected officials to shape policy and community leadership perceptions in favor of tobacco.Message 4
Tobacco companies have donated to many Latino elected officials to shape policy and community leadership perceptions in favor of the tobacco industry. It’s time to work together with Latino elected officials to stand up together against the Tobacco Industry and their predatory tactics.

#VoicesAgainstTobacco #TobaccoFreeLatinos #TobaccoFreeCalifornia

To use these social media messages:
You can use the images we’ve provided (to download, right click the image, and select “Save image as”), or you can pick your own image.

Make sure to include the #VoicesAgainstTobacco and #BigBadTobacco hashtags so we can interact with your posts.


We Breathe Gallery Walk Promo
We encourage LGBTQ Caucus meeting participants to join We Breathe, the Statewide Coordinating Center to reduce LGBTQ tobacco-related disparities, in shaping the future of LGBTQ tobacco-control. For more information, email info@californialgbtqhealth.org

To use these social media messages:
You can use the images we’ve provided (to download, right click the image, and select “Save image as”), or you can pick your own image.

Make sure to include the #VoicesAgainstTobacco and #BigBadTobacco hashtags so we can interact with your posts.


Group of women of different races with hands on shouldersMessage 1
Big Tobacco has been targeting women for nearly a century. As a result, more than 200,000 women die each year in the U.S. as a result of smoking-related diseases. This needs to stop now!

#VoicesAgainstTobacco #BigBadTobacco


Picture of woman overlooking hills making a heart with handsMessage 2
Women who smoke have a 25% greater risk of developing coronary heart disease compared with men who smoke. Raise your voice against the tobacco products and marketing that are breaking our communities’ and families’ hearts! 💔

#VoicesAgainstTobacco #BigBadTobacco

To use these social media messages:
You can use the images we’ve provided (to download, right click the image, and select “Save image as”), or you can pick your own image.

Make sure to include the #VoicesAgainstTobacco and #BigBadTobacco hashtags so we can interact with your posts.


Message 1
Family in field, sunsetDue to decades of targeting by the tobacco industry, rural communities deal with tobacco disparity in several ways:

  1. High tobacco use
  2. Exposure to second-hand smoke
  3. Lack of smoke-free policies
  4. Lower tobacco taxes

This harmful combination leads to higher rates of preventable disease, disability, and mortality among rural communities.

All people deserve to live healthy lives free from predatory practices of the tobacco industry. Health justice for rural individuals means we listen to them, bring them to the table and work together for wellness for all.

Find out more from this recently published study: https://hubs.la/H0Hb97Z0

#VoicesAgainstTobacco #BigBadTobacco


Message 2
Father and son, sunset, farm animalsWhy are smoking rates higher in rural areas? A big reason is because the tobacco industry targets these communities, from lobbying for tobacco-friendly legislation to reducing the cost of tobacco products in these areas.

This comes at a cost to the communities. People living in rural areas have 18 to 20 percent higher rates of lung cancer.

People in rural areas deserve health justice. They need to be listened to and partnered with to deliver health and wellness to these communities.

Find out more about these regional tobacco disparities: https://hubs.la/H0DNTGf0

VoicesAgainstTobacco #BigBadTobacco


Message 3
Sting free snuffBecause dozens of no-smoking laws have been implemented throughout the state of California, Big Tobacco has found other ways to market its products. In recent years, there’s been a massive increase in smokeless tobacco products. This is concerning because the use of smokeless tobacco is much higher in rural areas than in non-rural areas.

People in rural areas deserve to live healthy lives. It’s time to listen to our rural community members, bring them to the table, and work together to fight back against the Tobacco Industry’s predatory practices.

Find out how the tobacco industry is marketing these products to your communities: https://hubs.la/H0CH9Q00