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Today is Kick Butts Day

More than 400,000 people in the United States will die this year from a tobacco-related disease.  The Jackson Tobacco Reduction Coalition applauds the efforts of eight local schools who are planning awareness and educational activities in their schools to reduce tobacco and other forms of tobacco product use by participating in Kick Butts Day, a nationwide initiative sponsored by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids that makes students leaders in the effort to stop youth tobacco use. The majority of these young people are part of the Jackson County initiative known as Most Teens Don’t.“All of Jackson County’s Most Teens Don’t chapters work hard to create activities that will help raise awareness of the dangers of tobacco products. Their creativity and determination to make a difference in their schools and communities are things to be admired,” said Emma Sigman, Most Teens Don’t Coordinator and Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist.   

There are many effective ways state and local officials can protect young people from tobacco. They can use funds from the states’ 1998 legal settlement with the tobacco companies to pay for tobacco prevention programs; they can increase tobacco taxes; and they can pass smoke-free laws to protect us from secondhand smoke. Consider these facts: Each day, more than 1,000 kids become new regular smokers; roughly one-third of them will die prematurely from a tobacco-related disease.

Rhonda Rudolph, Jackson Tobacco Reduction Coalition Coordinator, said, “Our youth are our future, and we need to support their efforts to become positive role models for current and future generations while at the same time encouraging and working with current tobacco users to empower them to quit and overcome their addiction to the nicotine in their current choice of tobacco product.”

For more information, call the Jackson Tobacco Reduction Coalition at (517)768-2131 or call Most Teens Don’t at (517) 205-3782.