Kick Butts Day 2015

 

KICK BUTTS DAY 2014 IS WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18, 2015

What is Kick Butts Day?

Kick Butts Day is a national day of activism when teachers, youth leaders, public health advocates, and other community leaders organize events designed to get youth to stand out, speak up and seize control against Big Tobacco. Kick Butts Day 2014 was the biggest on record, with over 1,400 Kick Butts Day Events! 2015 marks 20 years of kicking butts. Let’s make this year one to remember.

How do I get involved?

Check out these Kick Butts Day activity ideas to get started. You can use them as-is or you can adapt them for your group. Some are quick and easy to implement, while others require a little bit more preparation. Either way, plan early.

You can even develop your own Kick Butts Day activity from scratch if you’re feeling creative. Once you have planned your activities, register your event to be officially counted as part of Kick Butts Day!

TOBACCO 101

The Toll of Tobacco in Montana

High school students who smoke 15.2% (7,800)
Male high school students who use smokeless or spit tobacco 21.6%(females use much lower)
Kids (under 18) who become new daily smokers each year 900
Packs of cigarettes bought or smoked by kids each year 1.6 million
Adults in Montana who smoke 19.0% (150,300)

U.S. NATIONAL DATA (2013)

High school smoking rate: 15.7%
Male high school students who use smokeless tobacco: 14.7%
Adult smoking rate 17.8%

DEATHS IN MONTANA FROM SMOKING

Adults who die each year from their own smoking 1,600
Kids now under 18 and alive in Montana who will ultimately die prematurely from smoking 19,000

Smoking kills more people than alcohol, AIDS, car crashes, illegal drugs, murders, and suicides combined — and thousands more die from other tobacco-related causes — such as fires caused by smoking (more than 1,000 deaths/year nationwide) and smokeless tobacco use.

SMOKING-CAUSED MONETARY COSTS IN MONTANA

Annual health care costs in Montana directly caused by smoking $440 million
Portion covered by the state Medicaid program $81.1 million
Residents’ state & federal tax burden from smoking-caused government expenditures $785 per household
Smoking-caused productivity losses in Montana $368.9 million

Amounts do not include health costs caused by exposure to secondhand smoke, smoking-caused fires, smokeless tobacco use, or cigar and pipe smoking. Tobacco use also imposes additional costs such as workplace productivity losses and damage to property.

TOBACCO INDUSTRY INFLUENCE IN MONTANA

Annual tobacco industry marketing expenditures nationwide $8.8 billion
Estimated portion spent for Montana marketing each year $27.1 million

Published research studies have found that kids are twice as sensitive to tobacco advertising than adults and are more likely to be influenced to smoke by cigarette marketing than by peer pressure. One-third of underage experimentation with smoking is attributable to tobacco company advertising.
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