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Today is Kick Butts Day

March 20, 2012
Estherville Daily News

This is Kick Butts Day, a day designated to stamping out tobacco and taking it out of our children's lives.

A project of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free kids, Kick Butts Day is a day for activism when thousands of youth in every state and around the world will stand out and speak up and seize control against big tobacco.

If you are a teacher, a parent running a scout troop, or a youth leader, you can hold your own Kick Butts Day event as well.

Here are just a few of the activities you as an adult might lead.

n Have a poster contest for kids who want to keep tobacco out of their lives. Sure, you can have a winner, but when you're done, why not have a pizza party for everyone who participated.

n Have kids clean up cigarette butts from in front of a local church or place of business. The "yuck factor" alone should keep them from trying tobacco for years to come.

n Have them visit someone in the hospital or nursing home who's a victim or tobacco - whether it's stroke, heart attack or emphysema. Have them write down the person's story.

n If the kids you're leading are older, let them mentor younger kids about the dangers of tobacco - in whatever form it is.

You can make a huge difference in a child's life - or for several children - just by helping them take a stand against tobacco.

So let's get out there and kick some butts today - cigarette butts, that is.



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