On March 16, 2016 youth and health advocates nationwide will stand up and speak out against big tobacco, in recognition of Kick Butts Day 2016. Tobacco use continues to be the number one preventable cause of death and disease in the United States, yet over 2,000 youth try their first cigarette each day. The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) Center for the Advancement of Wellness is encouraging all Oklahoma teachers, students, youth leaders and health advocates to organize events and to stand up and support Kick Butts Day in Oklahoma.
“More than 88,000 kids alive in Oklahoma today will die prematurely from smoking. We must continue to educate our youth on the dangers of tobacco use and invest in tools that will decrease the influence of deceptive tobacco industry marketing,” said OSDH Tobacco Use Prevention Manager Adrienne Rollins.
OSDH along with the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) urges all Oklahomans to stand up against tobacco use and empower a tobacco-free generation by fostering youth leadership and activism. Since 1996, Kick Butts Day has served as a national day of recognition aimed at raising awareness to the health and financial burden tobacco use places upon states and communities across the United States. It also urges elected officials to protect kids from tobacco by taking action and encourages youth to reject the tobacco industry's deceptive marketing by remaining tobacco-free.
Kick Butts Day is organized by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids; the leading force in the fight to reduce tobacco use and its deadly toll in the U.S. and promote public policies proven to reduce tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke.