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‘Kick Butts Day’ is March 20

Young people in Anderson County will join youth all across Tennessee to take part in Kick Butts Day March 20, 2019. Kick Butts Day is an annual celebration of youth leadership and activism in the fight against tobacco use.

“We are very proud of the young people in Anderson County who are doing what they can to reduce tobacco use and help save lives,” said Art Miller, Anderson County Health Department Director. “It’s very important that we raise awareness of the dangers of tobacco use in our state and community.”

Anderson County Youth Ambassadors will be taking part in Kick Butts Day this year by educating their peers about the dangers of vaping and electronic cigarettes. The use of these products by teens is steadily increasing and the hazards of use, including the high dosage of nicotine delivery, in these items are not widely recognized.

Statistics from the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids show 9.4 percent of high school students, or 31,900 teenagers in Tennessee are smokers.

Tennessee youth are making great strides in reducing tobacco use thanks to the TNSTRONG movement. TNSTRONG stands for “Tennessee Stop Tobacco and Revolutionize Our New Generation.