ALDEN, N.Y. (WIVB) – Alden High School students took a stand against tobacco Wednesday, on Kick Butts Day. The students worked with Reality Check, a youth program by the state department of health, to fight tobacco marketing.
Students spent the day getting their message out about the dangers of tobacco. The school had overhead announcements, posters, a banner and a trivia table offering information about the dangers of tobacco. In addition, there were also activities during the school day to highlight the fight against tobacco.
The main messages for Kick Butts Day:
· Each year, more than 12,900 kids under 18 become new daily smokers in New York.
· In New York, 11.9 percent or 107,000 high school students smoke.
· According to the Surgeon General, tobacco use is a pediatric epidemic in the United States.
· Youth who visit convenience stores more than twice per week are 64% more likely to begin smoking within the next 12 months than their peers who visit convenience stores less than once per week.
· Nearly all smokers start smoking by age 18.
· More than 279,000 youth currently under the age of 18 are projected to die from smoking related illnesses.