What Even is National Kick Butts Day??? Reply

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Gwyndalynn Kent

Days before National Kick Butts day plenty of people were jumping for joy as they were getting ready for the day March 21st, 2018. On kickbuttsday.org a blog posted by Gustavo Torrez stated, “Tomorrow, advocates across the United States and around the world will stand out, speak up, and seize control against Big Tobacco with creative, impactful events.”

What is the point??

Most people get the wrong message when they hear “Kick Butts Day” they don’t realize that it means cigarette butts.  That’s right Kick Butts Day is “a national day of activism that empowers youth to stand out, speak up and seize control against Big Tobacco,” according to kickbuttsday.org.

The whole point in National Kick Butts Day is to raise awareness of the problem that tobacco is being used by kids in certain areas, maybe even the one you live in now. Although there is only one official day titled “National Kick Butts Day” the organizers of these events are trying to gets this noticed as an everyday thing instead of a once a year thing.

Every year on this day people set up events that are meant to encourage youth to reject the tobacco industry’s deceptive marketing and stay tobacco-free, raise awareness of the problem of tobacco use in their state or community, and to try and urge as many elected officials to take action to help protect kids from tobacco.

Kick Butts Day was first held in 1996 and is organized by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.

What is the campaign for tobacco-free kids all about??

Once again according to kickbuttsday.org “The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is a leading force in the fight to reduce tobacco use and its deadly toll in the United States and around the world. Our vision: A future free of the death and disease caused by tobacco.”

To achieve their goals the campaign for tobacco-free kids does six simple things. Those things are to:

Promote: This campaign helps reduce the use of tobacco and being introduced to second-hand smoke by promoting public policies such as higher tobacco taxes, comprehensive smoke-free laws, well-funded tobacco prevention and stop-smoking programs, and tough regulation of tobacco products and marketing.

Expose: According to kickbuttsday.org the campaign for tobacco-free kids they “Expose and counter tobacco industry efforts to market to children and mislead the public.”

Strengthen: Now obviously The Campaign for Tobacco-Free kids can’t work all this magic on their own, so they strengthen their tobacco control efforts all over the world by providing support and information to their many, many partners.

Mobilize: The Campaign for Tobacco-free kids is all about wanting to fight against the use of tobacco, and as you have read they do this using six different methods. One of those methods is by mobilizing individuals and organizations that will help on their journey fighting against tobacco use.

Empower: By fostering things such as youth leadership and activism these groups are empowering a tobacco-free generation of kids.

Inform: Everyday, people start using tobacco products without even realizing the consequences and overall effects of it, so The campaign for tobacco-free kids tries their best to inform all people about the major effects this can have on your everyday life. Not only do they inform people about the devastating consequences they also inform about the effectiveness of the policies they support and try to get them over to the tobacco-free side of life.

It is very understandable why National Kick Butts Day is a thing, especially considering the fact that nearly 90% of adult smokers admitted to starting to smoke tobacco cigarettes before the age of 18. Now we don’t want that percent to get any higher or the age range to get any lower. If we keep things the way they are, we could end up with 90% of adult smokers admitting to smoking before the age of 15.

National Kick Butts day may not be as popular as some other national days and it may be misunderstood in its meaning, but that doesn’t mean people shouldn’t support it in every way possible.

The saddest part about having to have Kick Butts Day is the fact that they aren’t even just telling you not to smoke tobacco and how bad it is for kids and the environment, yet people don’t stop. It’s as if they don’t care for the consequences they are setting for themselves and the rest of their community.

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