Wyoming Kids to ‘Kick Butts’ on March 15

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On March 15 Wyoming kids will unite against tobacco use with thousands of young people nationwide in honor of Kick Butts Day. Throughout this day, participants will encourage their peers to be tobacco-free, reject tobacco companies’ marketing tactics, and urge elected officials to help the future generations turn their backs on tobacco.

More than 1,000 events are planned across the United States and around the world for this annual day of youth activism sponsored by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. This year, Kick Butts Day will focus its attention on how tobacco companies entice kids with an expanding market of sweet-flavored products such as electronic cigarettes and cigars that threaten to breed a new generation of nicotine addicts. These products have proved popular among teens with the use of e-cigarettes rising from 1.5 to 16% among high school students from 2011 to 2016.

In Wyoming students at Sage Valley Junior High in Gillette will literally kick cigarette butts when a cigarette-themed punching bag is placed in the cafeteria. These students will also receive educational materials and hear their fellow students read anti-tobacco public service announcements.

For a full list of Kick Butts Day activities in Wyoming, visit visit www.kickbuttsday.org/map. Additional information about tobacco, including state-by-state statistics, can be found at www.tobaccofreekids.org.


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