The 17th annual Kick Butts Day is a national day of activism for youth to speak out against tobacco use. It is a day youth can educate their communities and peers about the dangers of tobacco. According to the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, the focus of Kick Butts Day is two-fold for the kids: “They want the tobacco companies to stop targeting them, and they want elected leaders to protect them from tobacco.”
While smoking rates among youth have been cut in half since the mid-1990s, more than 3.6 million under-aged youth still smoke making this a “pediatric epidemic.” Tobacco use is the number one cause of preventable death in the U.S., and these young tobacco users become the replacements for the 1,200 tobacco users who die each day.
Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids lists activities for Kick Butts Day 2012 for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Check out activities in your area and support the youth in their campaign to “stand out, speak up and seize control” against Big Tobacco.