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Youth advocates gearing up for Kick Butts Day on March 28.

Youth around the nation will rally around tobacco awareness this month as part of the annual Kick Butts Day, and public health workers can help. To draw attention to the devastating effect tobacco use has on the health of America's youth, APHA is partnering with the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids in support of its 12th annual Kick Butts Day, which will be observed Wednesday, March 28. Youth will play a pivotal role in the day's events, holding rallies and taking their messages to schools, community centers and the streets.

"(Kick Butts Day) is a day to stand out, speak up and seize control in the fight against tobacco," according to the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.

Public health educators, parents and civic and youth leaders can play a role by helping youth in their communities get organized and plan events. The Kick Butts Day Web site includes information on planning activities, facts on tobacco use and downloadable activity guides.

More than 1,000 youth become addicted to tobacco every day, according to the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, and more than a third of them will die prematurely because of tobacco use. Tobacco is the leading U.S. cause of preventable death and disease. To learn more, see <http://kickbuttsday.org>.
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