The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids has designated March 21 as Kick Butts Day – a day in which youth around the world are encouraged to “stand out, speak up, and seize control against Big Tobacco.”
Kick Butts Day aims to educate children and teens on the dangers of smoking, and tobacco use in general, in order to counteract efforts by the tobacco industry to recruit young people as “replacement smokers” for the over 400,000 Americans on average who die from the effects of tobacco use each year.
According to the latest figures from the American Cancer Society and World Lung Foundation, tobacco use killed nearly 6 million people worldwide in 2011.
Parents, educators, and community leaders can visit www.kickbuttsday.org for more information about Kick Butts Day.
For important information and advice on how to quit smoking, visit Vitals’ Smoking Cessation Patient Guide.
Source: kickbuttsday.org and businessweek.com