Friday, March 9, 2012

Kick Butts Day

What is Kick Butts Day? Kick Butts Day is March, 21 2012, a day when thousands of youth in every state and around the world stand out, speak up and seize control against Big Tobacco.

Van Buren County Youth Leadership Council (YLC) has a number of activities planned for Kick Butts Day and wants to bring awareness to the dangers of secondhand smoke. For non-smokers breathing secondhand smoke has immediate and harmful effects on the cardiovascular system that can increase the risk for heart attack. In children secondhand smoke can cause the following: Ear infections, more frequent and severe asthma attacks, coughing, sneezing, shortness of breath, respiratory infections and a greater risk for SIDS. There is no risk-free level of contact with secondhand smoke; even brief exposure can be harmful to one’s health.

On Friday, March 16 Van Buren High School members will be completing a Cigarette Butt Cleanup event in the Keosauqua City Park. They are then taking their findings on March 21st to Community First Bank and creating a display for the front window to help promote a “Clean Park” for all the residents to enjoy. On Tuesday, March 20th a group will be doing a radio interview focused on Kick Butts Day. Lastly, on March 21st a group of members will be attending the School Board meeting to present their finds from Kick Butts Day as well as presenting on other resent events.

Harmony Middle School youth are planning an event on Wednesday, March 21. They have created Door Knob Hangers with tobacco facts, Quitline Iowa information and information on the new Harmony Tobacco Policy. They will then be hanging these on door knobs on houses in Farmington and Bonaparte. They will also be hanging posters around both towns to promote Quitline Iowa.

To learn more about what the Van Buren County Youth Leadership Council is working on you can go to or contact the Van Buren County SAFE Coalition at 319-293-6412 or

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