ST. PAUL (March 15, 2013) — Kids in the Twin Cities are taking a stand against tobacco as part of Kick Butts Day, an annual celebration of youth leadership and activism in the fight against tobacco use. Youth across the country are encouraging their peers to stay tobacco-free and educate their communities about the dangers of tobacco.
In Minnesota, tobacco use claims 5,500 lives and costs $2 billion in health care bills each year. Currently, 18.1 percent of the state’s high school students smoke. Minnesota health advocates are working to significantly increase the state cigarette tax.
On Saturday, March 23, 9 a.m. at 200 E. 24th Street, Minneapolis, Asian Media Access in Minneapolis will take youth members on a “point of service” hunt to identify tobacco advertisements aimed at children. The event begins at Washburn Oaks Park and will end on Nicollet Avenue.
On Sunday, March 24, 9 a.m. at 1544 Timberlake Road, St. Paul, the McDonough Community Center in St. Paul will take youth members to Creative Arts Magnet School to spray-paint tobacco facts on a hill, which will be visible from U.S. Route 35.
Other Kick Butts Day events in Minnesota and across the country, most of which will be held Wednesday, March 20, can be found online at www.kickbuttsday.org/events.
For information contact Khou Yang at 651-387-3766.