'Kick Butts Day' campaigns to ban tobacco from all high schools - KMOV.com

'Kick Butts Day' campaigns to ban tobacco from all high schools

If you're in Forest Park Wednesday by the zoo, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. there will be a booth set up all about Kicking Butts in high schools.

There will be cards for passers-by to fill out which will be sent to various school districts urging them to go 100 percent smoke-free.

When I was in high school in Houston 24 years ago, there was a designated smoking area.  I rarely walked through it but did occassionally to talk to a friend who might be out there smoking.  Not pleasant.

I asked  one of the Kick Butts Day organizers in St. Louis if that still exists.  She says "no" but there's still plenty of bad air on and around high school campuses.

Anna Noble told me, "Some of the staff are given the option to smoke. A lot of the vehicles that are parked on school property allow smoking. And some of the school events held outdoors like football and baseball games or events held away from school grounds actually allow smoking."

As an experiment Anna told me she went around seven area high school campuses and picked up cigarette butts.  She has them all in a jar.  276 butts she says.  She says it illustrates school boards can do more from a smoke-free policy standpoint.

For more on the Kick Butts campaign check out www.tobaccofreekids.org.

Mark Schnyder is a reporter at KMOV-TV.

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