CCHD Celebrates Kick Butts Day

As part of Kick Butts Day, a nationwide initiative to stop youth tobacco use and second hand smoke exposure, the Cascade City-County Health Department (reACT) is excited to collaborate with the City of Great Falls Park and Recreation Department and the Little Shell Tribe reACT to celebrate the new tobacco free park and recreation zones in Great Falls.

The tobacco free park and recreation zones are designed to protect our children from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke. Although secondhand smoke is dangerous to all people, children are especially vulnerable, and this is an exciting initiative that will help eliminate cigarette smoking at outdoor play areas in Great Falls. The Cascade City-County Health Department (reACT), the City of Great Falls Park and Recreation Department, and the Little Shell Tribe reACT are striving to protect youth and adults in our community by limiting exposure to secondhand smoke and discarded cigarette butts found at outdoor play areas.

Joining thousands, from across the country taking part in Kick Butts Day, the reACTors, in collaboration with the Great Falls Park and Recreation Department will gather to kick start the newly-implemented tobacco free park and recreation zones throughout Great Falls, MT. Signs reading “Young Lungs at Play, this is a tobacco free zone” will be going up this spring, weather permitting, in over 30 park areas. Teens will also participate in a cigarette butt cleanup to eliminate tobacco litter from Gibson Park on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 3:20pm in Gibson Park; 1700 River Drive N, Great Falls.

“We value the health and wellness of individuals in our community,” says Nicole Bronec reACT Youth Coordinator. Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States, and kills more than 400,000 people every year. Every day, more than 4,000 kids try their first cigarettes; another 1,000 kids become addicted smokers, one-third of whom will die prematurely as a result. “Even yet, the tobacco companies make smoking look cool in their ads, but that’s nothing but a lie,” says Sierra age 18. “There’s nothing cool about the harmful health effects caused by tobacco.”

For more information about the Kick Butts Day event at Paris Gibson Park contact Nicole Bronec at 452-0881 x306.  For information on the national initiative, visit the Kick Butts Day website at www.kickbuttsday.org.