Photo courtesy Breathe California of Sacramento-Emigrant Trail

The 18th Annual Hackademy Awards, which aims to counter the glamorization of tobacco in film, will take place Friday, February 22, at Sacramento Turn Verein.

The “Hacks” is a youth-oriented advocacy event designed to educate teens and increase awareness about the prevalent, negative influence of tobacco use in movies. The red carpet event is hosted by Breathe California of Sacramento-Emigrant Trail as part of the Thumbs Up! Thumbs Down! Project.

During the awards ceremony, TUTD volunteers present Thumbs Up! Awards to movies, actors and actresses that either did not use tobacco onscreen or portrayed the realistic, harmful health effects of using tobacco. Thumbs Down! Awards are given to those who most glamorized tobacco onscreen.

Following the Hollywood-style awards presentation, an exclusive “Teens Only” after party will feature free food, music, dancing, games and giveaways.

Admission to the event is by guest list reservation only. High school and college students can join the guest list for free, but space is limited and available on a first come, first served basis.

Reserve your spot by visiting Breath California of Sacramento-Emigrant Trails Facebook page and join the 2013 Hackademy Awards Event Page; email with the subject line “Guest List”; or call 916-444-5900 x212.

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