Kick Butts Day - Tobacco Free Kids
What is Kick Butts Day? Kick Butts day is a day that empowers our youth to speak up about not using tobacco products at more than 1,000 events that are planned by independent organizers across the United States and around the world. This year, Kick Butts Day is on March 18, 2015. You can get involved by organizing a Kick Butts Day event or activity for kids to raise awareness about the problems of tobacco use in your schools or community.
Kick Butts Day is important in the fight against kids using tobacco products. Did you know every day, more than 3,000 kids under the age of 18 try smoking for the first time and 700 kids become regular daily smokers? Tobacco use is still the leading cause of preventable deaths in the United States. This is more Americans than AIDS, alcohol, car accidents, illegal drugs, murders and suicide combined! It can contribute to the onset and cause of diseases, including many forms of cancer, heart disease and emphysema. According to www.kickbuttsday.org, the U. S. Surgeon General has found that tobacco use can potentially damage nearly every organ in the human body.
Some other facts worth sharing from the www.kickbuttsday.org website about tobacco use are:
- The vast majority of smokers start as children in the U.S., 90% of all smokers start in their teens or earlier.
- One third of the 700 kids that become regular smokers will most likely die prematurely from a smoking–caused disease.
- Second-hand smoke is also hazardous. It is projected that it kills nearly 50,000 people in the U.S. yearly. Second-hand smoke generally contains more than 7,000 chemicals of which 69 that are said to be cancer causing. Per the U.S. General, second-hand smoke causes heart disease, lung cancer in nonsmoking adults and respiratory problems, sudden infant death syndrome, low birth weight, ear infections and more severe asthma attacks in infants and children.
- It is estimated that tobacco use costs us $132.5 billion each year in medical bills.
The fight against tobacco is about savings lives. Help fight against tobacco by doing the following three things:
- Prevent kids from starting to smoke cigarettes or use other tobacco products
- Help current tobacco users quit
- Protect everyone from harmful second-hand smoke
Getting involved with Kick Butts Day can helps America’s youth by raising awareness about tobacco-related problems by encouraging peers to be tobacco-free and support effective solutions to reduce tobacco use. The United States has cut adult smoking by more than half since the 1960’s and youth smoking in half since 1997. There is still work to do as 15.7% of high school students still smoke and 18.1% for the adults.
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