MABTON, Wash. – Members of Students Against Destructive Decisions (S.A.D.D.) were kicking butts Monday, cigarette butts, as part of a national effort to push teens away from tobacco use.
Similar events with the same purpose will take place across the state in the weeks ahead.
Tobacco use is the number one cause of preventable deaths in the U.S., totaling 400,000 each year, according to organizers.
In Washington, 7,600 people die each year from tobacco use, the campaign says. Among high school students, 14.4 percent smoke in the state and 27,000 try cigarettes for the first time each year.
S.A.D.D. will be out at 8:15 a.m. March 22 – 24 in Mabton at 450 North Street. Demonstrations planned at events taking place across the country include mock funerals, rallies at state capitols, and explaining what is put in a cigarette.
"Kick Butts Day" will be marked around the nation on March 24.