Wednesday is national Kick Butts Day, a campaign sponsored by the United Health Foundation that encourages young people to be tobacco-free.
NBCRightNow.com - Wednesday is national Kick Butts Day, a campaign sponsored by the United Health Foundation that encourages young people to be tobacco-free.
The annual event, which began back in 1996, is designed to raise awareness about the dangers of smoking while also calling on elected officials to protect children from tobacco use. It also highlights the tobacco industry's marketing practices.
In Washington state, 9.5% of high school students identify with smoking tobacco--that's half of the national average.
While it's estimated 700 kids in the United States become regular smokers every day, health advocates say they are slowly winning the fight against tobacco. There are now smoke-free work and public places, higher tobacco taxes and regulations that restrict how tobacco is made, marketed and sold.
Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States, killing more than 400,000 people every year. If you need help kicking the habit call the quit line at 1-800-QUIT-NOW.