Go Tobacco-Free: National Kick Butts Day

Go Tobacco-Free: National Kick Butts Day

Tired of tobacco companies targeting teens? Let your voice be heard.

This March 20th, you can take a stand. Join thousands of others across the country as they seek to seize control against Big Tobacco.

The day of celebration marks National Kick Butts Day. It was first organized by The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids back in 1996, and is intended to raise awareness around tobacco products, and how they’re marketed.

Activists say they hope to promote public policies that are proven to reduce tobacco use in general. According to the Kick Butts Day website, these include higher tobacco taxes, comprehensive smoke-free laws and tougher regulation of tobacco products. Participants are seeking to expose the tobacco industry’s efforts made in marketing to children. They also want to inform the public and furthermore, to mobilize organizations and individuals to join the fight.

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It’s expected that more than 1,000 events will take place in schools and communities across the United States and around the world this March.

Want to get involved? Click here for a list of activities taking place from elementary school through college, in support of the cause.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that each day around 2,000 youth under the age of 18 smoke their first cigarette, and more than 300 youth under 18 become daily smokers in that time.

Unfortunately, cigarette smoking is responsible for more than 480,000 deaths every year in the United States. This includes over 41,000 deaths resulting from exposure to secondhand smoke. As a result tobacco is the #1 cause of preventable death.

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