Let’s Join Together To Take A Stand On Kids Kick Butts Day

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I don’t smoke. I’ve never in my life even taken a puff off a cigarette. Maybe it was all of those DARE videos we watched in school, maybe it was because my parents often talked to me about how bad cigarettes are, maybe it was because I thought (correctly) cigarettes were gross, maybe it was because I developed asthma by the age of 13, maybe it was all of the above.

Whatever the reason, I wish that 270,000 children would find a reason to say no to cigarettes and never take that first puff. Why 270,000? Because that is the number of Florida children who the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids says will die prematurely due to smoking. I don’t know about you, but that number is staggering. The number is more overwhelming when you look at the national statistics —  5.6 million U.S. children alive today will die prematurely from smoking-caused deaths.

OMG.

What can we do?

We can join the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids in its efforts to put an end to this epidemic. 

Campaign for Tabacco-Free Kids

We can say no to allowing our children to be targeted with cigarette ads geared toward kids like magazine ads, store ads and discounts, and fruit- and candy-flavored small cigars that look just like cigarettes. 

Did you know that tobacco companies spend $8.8 billion (yes, billion with a “b”) to market cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products nationwide? That breaks down to $1 million an hour — just to keep cigarettes in front of the public’s mind. Here in Florida tobacco companies spend $562.6 million on marketing efforts.

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids Kick Butts Day

We can patronize businesses that are making a stand and let them know we appreciate what they are doing. This year CVS announced the elimination of tobacco products in its stores starting later this year. Who is next to take such a stand?

We can support Kids Kick Butts Day. On March 19, 2014, kids across the country will take part in activities and rallies to support the anti-tobacco movement. It is a national day of activism that empowers youth to stand out, speak up and seize control against Big Tobacco. Teachers, youth leaders, health advocate and parents are encouraged to organize events to raise awareness of the tobacco problem, encourage youth to stay tobacco-free and urge strong action to protect kids from tobacco. 

Kids Kick Butts

Whatever it takes to keep kids from taking that first puff and to help those who have already started kick the habit — let’s join together and Kick Butts! 

For a full list of Kick Butts Day events visit the Kids Kick Butts website. Additional information about tobacco, including state-by-state statistics, can be found at www.tobaccofreekids.org.

Comments

  1. I love this campaign and hope that parents share this with their children. ;)

  2. It’s so imortant to keep the younger generation away from cigarettes before they even try them.

  3. RICHARD HICKS says:

    I have been a supporter of them for years and they do great work.

  4. I read yesterday that 1 in 5 Americans die of illnesses caused by cigarette smoking. That’s like 1 person from every family in the country dying needlessly. Would any other product that killed that many people still be on store shelves? We can do better! Thanks for posting this, and let’s protect the next generation from this senseless scourge.

  5. Betty Baez says:

    I think its great that cvs took a stand although not many agree with their decision. I quit smoking 2 years ago and happy with my decision. I think this cause is important to educate kids to the danger so they never start this deadly habit!

  6. This is a great campaign and I could not stress enough how important this is. I started smoking when very young and have developed health issues as a result.

  7. Susan Smith says:

    Great program! I just read that the number of teens smoking has declined, which is great.

  8. Chelsea B. says:

    Yes! It’s so terribly scary the effects they cause on our bodies.

  9. Cheryl Reinhardt says:

    I think it is great…. everyone should stop smoking……. My mother has COPD and Emphazema she has trouble breathing ….and you cant take your health back……… Education is Key !!!

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