2011-03-24 / Local & State

Kick Butts Day!

Youths from Fulton County are participating in National Kick Butts Day with local events in their schools and community. Kick Butts Day provides youths with the opportunity to stand out, speak up and seize control against Big Tobacco. As a national day of activism, Kick Butts Day empowers youths to take action against Big Tobacco at more than 2,000 events from coast to coast. For more information on Kick Butts Day, visit www.kickbuttsday.org.

Every year, the tobacco industry spends over $12.4 billion on advertising products, even though more than 400,000 people die each year as a result of those same products. Each day, more than 1,000 kids become new regular smokers; roughly one-third of them will die prematurely from a tobaccorelated disease. Kick Butts Day helps protect our youths from tobacco use.

The Fulton County Partnership and the Fulton County Center for Families offer county youths the Teens Against Tobacco Use (TATU). Program organizers provide prevention activities in the three county school districts in conjunction with Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD). This program helps students become community youth leaders, empowering them to stand up to peer pressure and encourage other youths to avoid tobacco use.

Kick Butts Day is also a great opportunity for current tobacco users to consider quitting, whether for the day or for good. There are programs in Fulton County to help you make the decision to give up tobacco and support you through that process.

The Fulton County Medical Center is currently offering weekly Freedom From Smoking cessation classes to the community. Research has shown that working with others can significantly increase your chance of successfully quitting. FCMC also offers other methods of cessation. For more information contact FCMC’s respiratory therapy department at 485-3155, Ext. 6231.

Don’t want to join a group? The PA Department of Health also offers the Quit Line at 1-800- QUIT-NOW. Sign up now to receive the help of a quit coach, as well a variety of Web-based tools and smoking replacements.

Today’s youths are not just part of the problem, they’re part of the solution. And the students from Fulton County TATU program want tobacco companies to know that on Kick Butts Day and every day throughout the year, we’re going to fight them every step of the way!

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