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Kick Butts Day’ will combat youth tobacco use

On March 21, Kick Butts Day, 7th -12th grade students from Wadena-Deer Creek (WDC) High School are taking a stand to stop youth from getting hooked on deadly tobacco products. Consider these facts: We know that 90 percent of smokers start using tobacco regularly by the time they are 18. Each day, more than 1,000 kids become new regular smokers; roughly one-third of them will die prematurely from a tobacco-related disease.  In order to give kids a fighting chance, students are planning to join thousands of students across the country who are taking part in Kick Butts Day, a nationwide initiative sponsored by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids that makes students leaders in the effort to stop youth tobacco use. As part of the Kick Butts Day celebration, WDC CHAMP Youth Leadership members will sponsor an event called “Not A Replacement” during lunch at Wadena-Deer Creek High School.  This activity educates youth about how the tobacco industry markets their products toward youth and gives youth the opportunity to state they are not a replacement for those no longer purchasing tobacco products.  During the event, WDC students will be personalizing a “Not A Replacement” statement with a description of who they are and what they represent.  For example, “I am Not A Replacement, I AM a student with a passion for sports.”  Today’s youth are part of the solution!  Students from Wadena- Deer Creek High School want tobacco companies to know that on Kick Butts Day and every day throughout the year, they are to stand up to them and show them they are “Not A Replacement.”