State Leaders Urged to Support Tobacco Prevention Initiatives
WASHINGTON, March 15, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Kids in New York 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.)
- 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.
- Students at Ulster BOCES in Port Ewen will participate in a variety of educational and visual anti-tobacco activities and will learn about the harmful effects of tobacco use. Weather permitting, the outdoor activities will draw the community's attention to students' efforts to speak out against tobacco use. Time: 9:30 AM (morning session); 12:15 PM (afternoon session). Location: Ulster BOCES, 319 Broadway, Port Ewen. Contact: Jenna Suraci (845) 331-6680.
- Students at CNS High School in Cicero and the CanTeen youth center will display shoes during lunch periods to visually represent tobacco's death toll and engage students in the need to stay tobacco free. Time: 10:30 AM. Location: 6002 Route 31, Cicero. Contact: Toni Brauchle (315) 491-3314.
- North Shore-LIJ Health System and Saint Aiden School in Williston Park will hold a carnival to increase awareness of the dangers of tobacco use. Entries in an anti-tobacco video contest for teens will also be screened . Time: 10:30 AM. Location: Saint Aiden School, 510 Willis Avenue, Williston Park. Contact: Betty Olt (516) 465-2645.
- On March 22, students at Manhasset Secondary School will learn about the dangers of cigarettes, chewing tobacco and hookah through a collaborative effort of the Manhasset Middle School Science Department, Tobacco Action Coalition of Long Island, Manhasset Community Coalition Against Substance Abuse Youth Committee and the Molloy College Nursing Program Health Fair. Time: 8:15 AM. Location: 200 Memorial Place, Manhasset. Contact: Mark Sippin (516) 267-7626.
- On March 23, the Binghamton Boys and Girls Club will host a Kickin' Butts 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament, which will also feature educational activities and trivia games for spectators and a youth-created video about point-of-sale marketing. Time: 11 AM. Location: Binghamton Boys and Girls Club, 90 Clinton Street, Binghamton. Contact: Cara Zampi (607) 321-4049.