This Day On The Street
Continue to site
ADVERTISEMENT
This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here

Connecticut Kids Will 'Kick Butts' On Wednesday, March 20

State Leaders Urged to Support Tobacco Prevention Initiatives

WASHINGTON, March 15, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Kids in Connecticut will stand up against tobacco on March 20 as they join thousands of young people nationwide for the 18 th annual Kick Butts Day. More than 1,200 events are planned across the United States. (See below for a list of local events.)

(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20080918/CFTFKLOGO)

Organized by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and sponsored by United Health Foundation, Kick Butts Day is an annual celebration of youth leadership and activism in the fight against tobacco use. On Kick Butts Day, youth will encourage their peers to stay tobacco-free. They will also educate their communities about the dangers of tobacco and the tobacco industry's harmful marketing practices.

This year on Kick Butts Day, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is highlighting the tobacco industry's products and marketing that entice kids to use tobacco. According to the Federal Trade Commission, tobacco companies spend $8.5 billion a year – nearly $1 million each hour – to market cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products. This marketing has an impact on kids:
  • While the U.S. has greatly reduced youth smoking, 18.1 percent of high school students still smoke, and nearly 1,000 kids become regular smokers each day. Among youth smokers, 86 percent prefer Marlboro, Newport and Camel, which are the three most heavily advertised cigarette brands, according to the government's National Survey on Drug Use and Health.
  • Tobacco companies have also introduced new products that appeal to kids, including cheap, sweet, colorfully-packaged small cigars that look just like cigarettes. Many cigars come in fruit and candy flavors such as strawberry, vanilla, peach and apple.
  • In a 2012 report, the U.S. Surgeon General concluded that tobacco marketing causes kids to start and continue using tobacco products.

"On Kick Butts Day, kids will stand up and reject Big Tobacco's manipulative marketing," said Matthew L. Myers, President of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. "It's also a chance for elected leaders to commit to protecting kids from tobacco through policies such as tobacco taxes, smoke-free laws and prevention programs. We hope that legislators will listen to their young constituents and implement these proven solutions to reduce tobacco use and save lives."

Tobacco use is the number one cause of preventable death in the United States, killing more than 400,000 people and costing $96 billion in health care bills each year.

In Connecticut, tobacco use claims 4,700 lives and costs $1.63 billion in health care bills each year. Currently, 15.9 percent of the state's high school students smoke.

On Kick Butts Day, kids turn the tables on Big Tobacco with events that range from "They put WHAT in a cigarette!?" demonstrations to health fairs to rallies at state capitols. Activities in Connecticut include:
  • Mayor Tommy Dunn of Wolcott will judge a poster contest sponsored by Living in Safe Alternatives, Inc. The posters will spread awareness about tobacco research and will be on display throughout the town. Time: 5:30 PM. Location: 1615 Wolcott Road, Wolcott. Contact: Diane Capaldo (203) 879-9233.
  • The Montville Youth Service Bureau in Uncasville will be sponsoring various activities to show students the dangers of smoking, including "They put WHAT in a Cigarette!?" and a scavenger hunt. Time: 3 PM. Location: 289 Norwich New London Turnpike, Uncasville. Contact: Kimberly Grant (860) 848-7724 ext. 112.
  • The Southington Drug Task Force will sponsor a "Cups in a Fence" display at DePaolo Middle School to showcase various tobacco-free slogans to students throughout the week. Location: 385 Pleasant Street, Southington. Contact: Trish Kenefick (860) 778-6639.
  • Students at Brien McMahon High School in Norwalk will participate in a variety of activities including a "Cups in a Fence" display, tombstones along the hall and airing out Big Tobacco's "Dirty Laundry." A film festival after school will feature PSAs and films about tobacco. Time: 7:30 AM. Location: 300 Highland Avenue, Norwalk. Contact: Tori Sullivan (203) 979-0148.
  • On March 21, youth from the Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) chapter of Greenwich High School will gather after school to hear the First Selectman of Greenwich, Peter Tesei, read a proclamation for Kick Butts Day. Time: 2:30 PM. Location: 10 Hillside Road, Greenwich. Contact: Amy Badini (203) 253-2160.

(Note: all events are on March 20 unless otherwise indicated.)

For a full list of Kick Butts Day events in Connecticut, visit http://www.kickbuttsday.org/events. Additional information about tobacco, including state-by-state statistics, can be found at www.tobaccofreekids.org.

CONTACTS: Virginia Bader, 202-745-5115 Catherine Butsch, 202-296-5469

SOURCE Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids

Copyright 2011 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Check Out Our Best Services for Investors

Action Alerts PLUS

Portfolio Manager Jim Cramer and Director of Research Jack Mohr reveal their investment tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
Quant Ratings

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
Stocks Under $10

David Peltier uncovers low dollar stocks with serious upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
14-Days Free
Only $9.95
14-Days Free
Dividend Stock Advisor

David Peltier identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Trifecta Stocks

Every recommendation goes through 3 layers of intense scrutiny—quantitative, fundamental and technical analysis—to maximize profit potential and minimize risk.

Product Features:
  • Model Portfolio
  • Intra Day Trade alerts
  • Access to Quant Ratings
Options Profits

Our options trading pros provide over 100 monthly option trading ideas and strategies to help you become a well-seasoned trader.

Product Features:
  • Actionable options commentary and news
  • Real-time trading community
SYM TRADE IT LAST %CHG

Markets

Chart of I:DJI
DOW 16,528.03 -114.98 -0.69%
S&P 500 1,972.18 -16.69 -0.84%
NASDAQ 4,776.5080 -51.8170 -1.07%

Free Reports

Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs