Kick Butts Day
The City-County Health Department, in partnership with Great Falls Public Schools, will be visiting a local middle school for Kick Butts Day. The agencies are collaborating to teach youth about the dangers associated with tobacco use, so that they can, in turn, teach their peers. During lunch on Wednesday, March 23rd, students at North Middle School will have a “Pledge Wall” where students can sign a pledge to stay tobacco free. Students will also have the opportunity to have open dialogue with their peers about tobacco.
“Kick Butts Day is an annual event that provides students the opportunity to speak out against corporate tobacco. It is also a way for them to reach out and educate their peers,” says Barbara Bessette, Youth Tobacco Prevention Specialist.
The activity is designed to raise awareness that tobacco will continue to be the number one cause of preventable death in Montana and nationwide as long as youth continue to be recruited into a lifetime of tobacco addiction by the tobacco industry.
All across Montana, youth between the ages of 13-18 are organizing their own anti-tobacco movement with a group known as reACT Against Corporate Tobacco. For more information on reACT, visit www.reactmt.com , a site for teens who want to speak out against tobacco addiction.
For more information on the event, contact Barbara Bessette at 452-0881 x309.
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