Thursday, March 3, 2016

Van Buren County Youth Kick Butts on March 16, 2016

More than 400,000 people in the United States will die this year from a tobacco-related disease. On March 19, Kick Butts Day—Van Buren County Youth Leadership Council (YLC) Members are taking a stand to stop youth from getting hooked on deadly tobacco products.

We know that 90% of smokers start using tobacco regularly by the time they are 18. Isn’t this astonishing?

So in order to give kids a fighting chance, the YLC members plan to join thousands of students across the country who are taking part in Kick Butts Day, a nationwide initiative that makes students leaders in the effort to stop youth tobacco use. As part of the Kick Butts Day celebration, YLC members will be doing peer teaching at the Harmony and Van Buren Community Elementary Schools, Sidewalk Chalk Messages and Sandwich Boards in Keosauqua.

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.  Today’s youth are not just part of the problem; they’re part of the solution. And the students from Van Buren County want tobacco companies to know that on Kick Butts Day and every day throughout the year, we’re going to fight them every step of the way!

For more information on YLC or Kick Butts Day please contact the SAFE Coalition at 319-293-6412 or at or Melissa Daugherty, YLC Youth Coordinator, at 319-293-3171.

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