Mark Your Calendars for Kick Butts Day on March 20th.
Started in 1996 by the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, Kick Butts Day is a nationwide day of action to spread the word about the harmful effects of tobacco and smoking products on young people.
Organizers have created an interactive website to assist those interested in having young people participate in the campaign. KickButtsDay.org has a list of easy to plan activities that are sure to get the attention of both kids and adults alike.
More than 100 youth led activities are expected to occur nationwide to raise the awareness about the issue and encourage kids to stay tobacco free. Materials are provided free-of-charge and most needing only a short time for preparation
|CHECK OUT OUR ISSUE SPOTLIGHT ON KICK BUTTS DAY for Activities & Fact Sheets|
The Toll of Tobacco in New York
|High school students who smoke||12.5% (132,400)|
|Male high school students who use smokeless or spit tobacco ||11% (females use much lower)|
|Kids (under 18) who become new daily smokers each year ||22,500|
|Kids exposed to secondhand smoke at home ||1,120,000|
|Packs of cigarettes bought or smoked by kids each year ||33.4 million|
|Adults in New York who smoke||18.1% (2,747,400)|
|Adults who die each year from their own smoking ||25,400|
|Kids now under 18 and alive in New York who will ultimately die prematurely from smoking||389,000|