Kick Butts Day

Just one week from today, youth across the country will celebrate Kick Butts Day. March 19, 2014 is a national day of activism that empowers youth to stand out, speak up and seize control against Big Tobacco.

In Ithaca, youth will be celebrating at the Greater Ithaca Activities Center (GIAC) on March 19 from 4-5:00 PM. This event will be an opportunity for youth from GIAC and Southside Community Center to present projects and information that they have learned about the dangers of tobacco use and the deceptive marketing practices of Big Tobacco. Families are welcome! Please come out and support the youth!  

While a lot of progress has been made in tobacco control and prevention of youth initiation, there is still more work to be done. The Communities that Care Youth Survey taken by Tompkins County high school students shows that cigarette use among 12th graders in the past 30 days increased from 2010 (10.5%) to 2012 (13.1%). The 2012 rate is slightly higher than the youth smoking rate for NY State (11.9%). It is reported that 90% of current adult smokers started before age 18, and that one-third of youth who smoke will die prematurely of tobacco-related illness. While no one starts to smoke for the nicotine, it can quickly become a lifelong addiction.  

During the month of March, consider organizing an event with a community organization or school to raise awareness about the dangers of tobacco use. Encourage youth to stay tobacco-free and speak out against the deceptive marketing practices of Big Tobacco. We need to take action now to prevent youth from ever starting to smoke!  


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Each monthly message is provided by coalition board members. If you have further questions or comments about this message or would like information on how to become involved with the Community Coalition for Healthy Youth, please email ahendrix@tompkins-co.org


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Community Coalition for Healthy Youth

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