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Neodesha teens celebrate Kick Butts Day 2019

Neodesha teens celebrate Kick Butts Day 2019 Neodesha, Kan. - March 20, 2019 was the official Kick Butts Day, an annual celebration of youth leadership and activism in the fight against tobacco use. Students from Neodesha High School held their own a local Kick Butts Day event on Friday, March 22nd. The Neodesha RESIST program is derived from the FCCLA chapter. RESIST is a statewide, youth-led tobacco prevention initiative. Resist Chapters from across the state of Kansas are working to educate their peers, advocate for tobacco-free policies, and de-normalize tobacco use.

The Kick Butts Day event provided tobacco training to every student and community members in attendance and educated teens about the risks of tobacco as well as opportunities for activism against Big Tobacco's marketing tactics.

The Neodesha RESIST/FCCLA chapter received a mini-grant of $500 to hold their Kick Butts Day event from Resist, a statewide tobacco prevention initiative. This group was one of 12 youth groups across Kansas that received funding to hold a local event.

Throughout March, youth advocates across the state have organized local events to educate youth about the dangers of smoking and using e-cigarettes, and to encourage lawmakers to pass policies that prevent children and youth from access to tobacco products and exposure to secondhand smoke. The month-long awareness event kicked off on March 7 with Kick Butts Day at the Capitol, held by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network and Resist. Kick Butts Day was created by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and was first held in 1996. Over 1,000 Kick Butts Day events are planned during the month of March in the United States and across the world.

"Preventing youth tobacco use and educating people about the dangers of all forms of tobacco and exposure to secondhand smoke is an important step toward a healthier community," said Erica Johnson, Manager of Community Health and Wellness, Wilson Medical Center. "Neodesha is taking great strides to reduce tobacco use as well as promoting healthy eating and increasing physical activity to our community."

For more information about the Kick Butts Day event sponsored by Wilson Medical Center, contact Janice Reese, Marketing/Foundation Director at 325-2611. For information on the national initiative, visit www.kickbuttsday.org. For more information on Resist, visit www.resisttobacco.org.