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March 19, 2014
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Weld County kids will 'Kick Butts' on Wednesday

Kids in Weld County will stand up against tobacco Wednesday as they join thousands of young people nationwide for the 19th annual Kick Butts Day.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Weld County will host a dinner and rally in celebration of Kick Butts Day. Youth will speak out against big tobacco companies’ “Sweet, Cheap, and Deadly” products.

Organized by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Kick Butts Day is an annual celebration of youth leadership and activism in the fight against tobacco.

On Kick Butts Day, youth will encourage their peers to stay tobacco-free and educate their communities about the tobacco industry’s harmful marketing practices.

Health advocates in Colorado are urging state leaders to increase the legal sale age for tobacco products to 21 to help reduce smoking and save lives.

In Colorado alone, tobacco use claims 4,400 lives and costs $1.9 billion in health care bills each year. Currently, 15.7 percent of the state’s high school students smoke.

A new Surgeon General’s report released in January found that smoking is even more hazardous than previously thought.

Key findings of the report include:

» Each year, smoking kills 480,000 people in the U.S. and costs the nation at least $289 billion in health care bills and other economic losses.

» Without urgent action to reduce smoking, 5.6 million U.S. children alive today will die prematurely from smoking-caused disease. That includes 91,000 children in Colorado alone.

» Tobacco marketing causes kids to start and continue using tobacco products.

» Nationwide, tobacco companies spend $8.8 billion a year — $1 million each hour — to market cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products. In particular, tobacco companies target youth.

The dinner and rally begins at 6 p.m. at 2400 4th St. in Greeley. For more information, contact Rachel Freeman at (970) 304-6470.

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