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Local youth participating in Kick Butts Day

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ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – Thousands of young people across the country will take part in Kick Butts Day Wednesday.

The day is dedicated to kids encouraging their peers to be tobacco-free, reject tobacco companies’ marketing and urge elected officials to make the next generation tobacco-free, according to a press release.

The press release lists the following ways young people across Missouri will get involved in Kick Butts Day:

  • St. Louis youth will make posters to promote smoking cessation. They will kick tobacco to the curb by placing these posters all over St. Louis-area, including military bases, high schools, middle schools, community centers, hospitals and fitness facilities. Time: 3:30 PM. Location: 500 S. Meramec Avenue, St. Louis.
  • Tobacco Free Missouri Youth will meet at the Missouri State Capitol to participate in general and breakout sessions, lunch, a team spirit contest and leadership awards to celebrate being tobacco-free. Time: 10 AM. Location: 301 W. High Street, Jefferson City.
  • Morgan County Tobacco Free Youth, Morgan County Community Leaders Educating about Resistance (CLEAR) and the Morgan County Health Center will hold a rally with state lawmakers to educate the community about the risks of tobacco and second hand smoke. Youth will also have the opportunity to meet and advocate for tobacco-free policies with their elected state representatives. Time: 10 AM. Location: Harry S. Truman State Office Building, 301 W. High Street, Jefferson City.
  • Stone County Health Department, Tri-Lakes Clean Air Alliance and Stone County Health Coalition will work with Girl Scouts in Reeds Spring to pick up billions of cigarette butts, followed by a meet and greet dinner. Time: 3:30 PM. Location: Tablerock Community Bank, Branson West.
  • Youth With Vision, Tri-County Mental Health and the Kansas City Police Department will hold an annual anti-tobacco kick ball tournament. Youth will play kick ball and other fun activities that promote a smoke-free lifestyle. Time: 3 PM. Location: 4100 N. Briarcliff Road, Kansas City.
  • Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) at Smithville High School will pledge to be the first tobacco-free generation by chalking their sidewalk with personal messages about why they want to #BeTheFirst. Time: 7 AM.  Location: 645 S. Commercial Avenue, Smithville.

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