Kick Butts Day is happening March 15, 2017 and if you haven’t thought of using your power to affect social change, this is the perfect opportunity. Although Kick Butts Day is held just one day a year, every day should be a fight against tobacco, a product that kills roughly 480,000 people a year in the U.S. alone. While the majority of victims are themselves tobacco users, many others suffer from the effects of exposure to secondhand smoke. According to the official Kick Butts Day website, there are more than 1,000 events planned across the U.S.
In 1996, when Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids started the campaign, approximately 25% of 12th grade students were smokers. Now that number is at about 6%. It may seem low, but “more than 3,000 kids under 18 try smoking for the first day every day”, and of that number about “700 kids become new regular, daily smokers.”
KBD brings teens and health advocates together in events to bring attention in three areas: “to raise awareness of the problem of tobacco in their state or community; encourage youth to reject tobacco industry’s deceptive marketing and stay tobacco-free; and urge elected officials to take action to protect kids from tobacco.” While it may be too late to organize an activity this year, here is a list of activities that may be planned in your school or community.
Wouldn’t it be great if more people understood the dangers of smoking and secondhand smoke? Until then, events like Kick Butts Day hopes to spread the word to prevent kids from smoking.
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