SD students participate in ‘Kick Butts Day’The U.S. surgeon general found that while the nation has made progress in reducing youth smoking, youth tobacco use remains a “pediatric epidemic.”
By: News release, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
Kids in South Dakota will take center stage in the fight against tobacco today as they join thousands of young people nationwide for the 17th annual Kick Butts Day.
More than 1,100 events are planned across the nation.
Over the course of the week, students from Unfiltered REALity in Mitchell will educate their peers about the dangers of smoking, through activities including adding the phrase “frrrrrrrREAL Big Tobacco” to their social media profiles and e-mail signatures. They will also hide tobacco statistics and quotes in books at area libraries.
Organized by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and sponsored by the United Health Foundation, Kick Butts Day is an annual celebration of youth leadership and activism in the fight against tobacco use.
On Kick Butts Day, youth will encourage their peers to stay tobacco-free and educate their communities about the dangers of tobacco and the tobacco industry’s harmful marketing practices.
This year, Kick Butts Day comes just after a new report by the U.S. surgeon general found that while the nation has made progress in reducing youth smoking, youth tobacco use remains a “pediatric epidemic.”