National Kick Butts Day was held, Wednesday, March 15th, 2017 across the nation. Kick Butts Day is a national day of activism that empowers youth to stand out, speak up and seize control against Big Tobacco.
On Kick Butts Day, teachers, youth leaders and health advocates organize events to:
- Raise awareness of the problem of tobacco use in their state or community;
- Encourage youth to reject the tobacco industry’s deceptive marketing and stay tobacco-free; and
- Urge elected officials to take action to protect kids from tobacco.
Ogilvie’s OWN it! student group participated by creating a display, “Airing Out Big Tobacco Companies Dirty laundry“. Tobacco companies use slick marketing advertisements our youth in and get them hooked! Almost 90 percent of adult smokers say they started in their early teenage years. Tobacco companies lure our youth with flavored cigars, e-cigarettes and chewing tobacco. According to the CDC National Youth Tobacco Survey the use of e-cigarette has risen from 1.5% in 2011 to 16.0% in 2015!
In Mora, the ATI student group participated in a conversation and environmental scan at the Library Park in Mora with Kanabec County DTF Agent Gerhardson, Sargent VanGorden, and Sheriff Smith. The student would like to bring a positive vibe back the Library Park to help curb youth tobacco use and other adverse behaviors, with more events and social interactions at the park.
Shout out to ATI and OWN It! student groups for your participation and commitment to be role models to other youth in our communities!
Kick Butts Day is organized by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. The first Kick Butts Day was held in 1996.