Tobacco kills 1,200 Americans every day. It’s the leading cause of preventable deaths in the U.S. and in Georgia. You can fight these tobacco trends by stepping up on Kick Butts Day on March 19.
Kick Butts Day is a day of activism sponsored by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids encouraging young people to stand out, speak up and seize control of the facts about tobacco.
In conjunction with Kick Butts Day, Georgia public health departments are hosting several events to bring awareness to tobacco use among youth throughout the state.
In the Southwest Health District (8-2), Janice Hayes and Tina Long of the Greater Atlanta Voicemasters will share their personal stories exposing the hidden dangers of smoking. Organized by local partners, the event is called Behind the Cloud: The Untold Dangers of Tobacco. The event is Tues., March 18, at 5:00 p.m. at the Leesburg Public Library on 245 Walnut Avenue, South Leesburg, Georgia. To register, call (229) 430-7870.
Girl Scout Troop 12617 in Whitfield County in the North Georgia Health District (1-2) took time away from selling cookies to add their voices to the local Kick Butts Day public awareness campaign. With the help of District Public Information Officer Jennifer King, the troop created a 30-second public service announcement that will air on local radio stations from March 17 to April 30. To listen to Whitfield County Girl Scout Troup 12617 radio PSA, click here.
Youth in the Southeast Health District (9-2) are addressing the marketing scheme by tobacco companies to market deadly and addictive products to minors in their campaign, “Airing Out Big Tobacco's Dirty Laundry.”
“We have opted to hang a clothes line up in the hallway and have students write quotes from the tobacco industries on clothing to expose what the industry has said about marketing tobacco products to young adults and children,” said Ambi Bess of the Southeast Health District.
For more information on Kick Butts activities in Georgia, visit Kick Butts Day.
Looking for help in making your college campus tobacco-free? Check out the Georgia Tobacco-Free Colleges and Universities Tool Kit.