Editorial: Kick Butts Day

Editorial: Kick Butts Day

This year, Kick Butts Day is Wednesday March 18. Many of our area schools will host events and speakers to encourage and empower youth to stand out, speak up and seize control against Big Tobacco. There will be over 1,000 events planned by independent organizers across the United States.

We have made great strides in the fight against tobacco. But every day, more than 3,000 kids under 18 try smoking for the first time and 700 kids become new regular, daily smokers.

Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States, imposing a terrible toll in health, lives and dollars on families, businesses and government.

Tobacco kills 480,000 people annually – more than AIDS, alcohol, car accidents, illegal drugs, murders and suicides combined.

Tobacco costs the U.S. approximately $170 billion in health care expenditures and $151 billion in lost productivity each year.

By getting involved in Kick Butts Day and other activities, America's youth can raise awareness about the tobacco problem, encourage peers to be tobacco-free and support effective solutions to reduce tobacco use.

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