National Kick Butts Day encourages kids to live tobacco free

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Students in mid-Michigan will join thousands of people nationwide today to bring awareness to the dangers of tobacco use during National Kick Butts Day.

More than 1,000 events are planned across the country where students will encourage each other to be tobacco free.

In Lansing, kids will join local leaders from the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, and the American Lung Association to educate the community about Michigan’s statewide smoke-free air law, tobacco prevention funding, and legislation to raise the tobacco sales age to 21.

That will happen at 9am at the Boji Tower, 124 W. Allegan Street in Lansing.

In Jackson, 8 schools are holding student run activities to reduce the use of tobacco products.

Columbia Central Junior High:

– spin wheel trivia at lunch

– place black flags near schools main entrance with sign that represent people who die in Michigan each day from tobacco products 

East Jackson:

– students sign pledge cards to never use tobacco products

– create anti-tobacco posters to hang up

– create anti-tobacco slogans to go on the announcements during Kick Butts Day

– paint rocks that have anti-tobacco messaging and give them away to peers at school

Grass Lake Middle School: 

MTD Ambassadors will:

– ask their peers questions about tobacco at lunch and if they are correct their peers will be able to spin the big wheel and win a prize at lunch

Hanover-Horton Middle School:

MTD Ambassadors will:

– Create posters with facts about tobacco to hang around the school

– Pass out heresy’s kisses with a note on them that says “who will want to kiss you if you smoke? No one likes kissing an ashtray”.

Hanover-Horton High School: 

MTD Ambassadors will

– place black flags near schools main entrance with a sign which explains that the flags represents people who die in Michigan each day from tobacco products

– Cover hallway lights with black paper and put up signs to explain that they represent those who have died from tobacco products

Michigan Center: 

MTD Ambassadors will:

– Place black flags on lockers throughout the school and put on announcements that they represent Kick Butts Day and those who die from tobacco products

Middle School @ Parkside: 

MTD Ambassadors will:

– Create large pin buttons with anti-tobacco messaging to wear the day of the event

– Place black flags on lockers to represent people who have died from tobacco products

Vandercook Lake Middle School: 

MTD Ambassadors will:

– Create demonstrations to represent how much the tobacco industry costs society as a whole (health care, etc)

– Display a fake tar jar in the schools main entrance

– Have students from MTD speak to Elementary students about the dangers of tobacco products

“Rather than having an adult tell them you shouldn’t smoke because it’s bad for you, just say no just say no. It gives them the opportunity to learn about it and figure out why it’s dangerous, why they should stay away from it and then pass that message on to their fellow peers,” “Most Teen’s Don’t,” Emma Sigma.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, more than 5,000 kids in Michigan under the age of 18 become new daily smokers each year.

Electronic cigarettes have become the most popular tobacco product used by kids today.

Students will also be calling on elected officials to implement strategies to lead to a tobacco free generation.

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