Today is national "Kick Butts Day," an annual celebration of youth leadership and activism in the fight against tobacco use. Youth are sending two powerful messages on this day: they want the tobacco companies to stop targeting them with marketing for cigarettes and other tobacco products, and they want elected leaders to do more to protect them from tobacco.
Students at Sheridan High School are participating in an event this evening in front of Sheridan City Hall. SHS senior, Kathryn Guy, is with the newly formed youth organization called We Are the Change, or WAC.
The WAC group actually got a jump-start on the Kick Butts event by taking part in a unique endeavor Tuesday.
Certainly smoking and chewing tobacco are not allowed on campus, but Kathryn says that there is a student population that does use those products. Even though it is illegal for minors to do so, she knows of students who manage to obtain tobacco products by either taking them from family members or having older people purchase them.
As for WAC, Kathryn explains more about the group.
The SHS WAC members invite the public to join them for the Kick Butts event at City Hall, beginning this evening at 5 o'clock.