Take Down Tobacco Day Contest
What is National Take Down Tobacco Day?
Take Down Tobacco Day, a fresh take on Kick Butts Day, is the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids’ signature platform for empowering people to stand up and speak out against the tobacco industry. Tobacco companies aggressively market deadly and addictive products. They fight policies that would actually reduce tobacco use. The Take Down Tobacco program is a 365 day a year effort that culminates every spring with the Take Down Tobacco National Day of Action. Learn more on the Take Down Tobacco Day website.
2024 Contest Information
The 2024 Orange County Take Down Tobacco Contest kicks off on Monday, February 12th and submissions will be accepted until 11:59 pm on Monday, March 11th. As with the previous events, contest submissions are open to all middle and high school students, in both public and private schools, in Orange County, VA. Middle school students must be in 6th, 7th, or 8th grades to enter. High school students must be in 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grades to enter. Home-schooled students of middle and high school age/grade are also eligible to participate in the contest if they reside in Orange County, VA.
Orange County students are invited to create an advertisement against flavored tobacco products, either through an original photo or artwork or through a digital graphic or video. All submissions must be produced individually. No joint submissions will be accepted.
Please click on the following links for more information and/or to submit your context entry:
Rules and Guidelines InformationPlease be sure to read the entire Rules and Guidelines document. Parents must agree to the submission and copyrighted or trademarked information will be a disqualification.
Complete 2024 Rules and Guidelines
Contest Submission LinkStudents, be sure your parent completes their section to approve your submission.
Contest Entry Submission Form
History of the Orange County Take Down Tobacco Day Contest
Beginning in 2022, the Orange County Office on Youth joined the effort to Take Down Tobacco companies and their harmful products! The Orange County Office on Youth offers many grant-funded programs to expand the opportunities available to youth and families in our area. Some of these programs are supported by the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth (VFHY). Established by the General Assembly, VFHY is responsible for statewide efforts to reduce and prevent youth tobacco use and childhood obesity. In accordance with that mission, the Office on Youth hosted their inaugural Take Down Tobacco Day Contest in 2022. This contest was created In response to increasing tobacco use, particularly of flavored products, among Orange County youth. It encouraged middle and high school aged students to create and submit original advertisements with messaging discouraging the use of flavored tobacco products by young people. Entries were accepted Monday, February 14, 2022 through Monday, March 14, 2022. Those submitting entries were encouraged to be creative. Contest rules were very open-ended in regards to style, format, and medium.
To help them continue to pursue their creative ambitions and education, each winner received an iPad Pro and a $250 scholarship to apply towards photography or video editing software. The Office on Youth plans to use many of the submitted advertisements to help combat youth tobacco use in Orange County.
Winners for each years competition can be found at out "Take Down Tobacco Contest Winners" page.
For more information about this and other grant-funded Office on Youth programs, please contact the Office on Youth at (540) 672-5484.