Kick Butts Day 2012

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What?!  What is Kick Butts Day?!

Kick Butts Day is a national day of activism that empowers youth to speak up and take action against Big Tobacco at hundreds of events from coast to coast.  The 17th annual Kick Butts Day will be held on Wednesday, March 21, 2012.  This year ADACCV's Prevention ROCKS team is joining with youth organizations from all over San Angelo to learn the facts and speak out against tobacco use!

Kick Butts Day Kickball Tournament

The Alcohol & Drug Abuse Council for the Concho Valley (ADACCV) will be teaming up with the local YMCA's spring break camp to educate youth on the dangers of tobacco use and present a healthy alternative activity: KICK BALL!  ADACCV staff will present "They put WHAT in a cigarette?!" with all participants 8 and up and will present the video "Smoking Stinks" to younger participants.  We will then proceed to kickball!  Participants will be broken down into teams and will enjoy a fun, physical alternative to using tobacco!

Kick Butts Day Graffiti Wall

The Alcohol & Drug Abuse Council for the Concho Valley will be calling on youth organizations from around the county and some adults in drug and alcohol treatment to design mini-billboards containing Kick Butts Day messages.  The mini-billboards will line the roadway in front of the Alcohol & Drug Abuse Council for the Concho Valley, a busy stirp of the Houston Harte byway.  The messages will be seen by thousands of passersby for the entire week of Kick Butts Day.  We will work in partnership with several community groups to complete this project, including the Concho Valley Home for Girls, River Crest Hospital, the Youth Advocay Programs and C.H.O.I.C.E.S., the clients at Sara's House, and the ADACCV outpatient group.

The Toll of Tobacco in Texas

Updated Nov. 28, 2011 at http://www.tobaccofreekids.org/facts_issues/toll_us/texas

High school students who smoke 21.2% (319,300)
Male high school students who use smokeless or spit tobacco 12.4% (females use much lower)
Kids (under 18) who become new daily smokers each year 29,100
Kids exposed to secondhand smoke at home 995,000
Packs of cigarettes bought or smoked by kids each year 73.4 million
Adults in Texas who smoke 15.8% (2,888,100)

 

U.S. National Data (2009)

High school smoking rate: 19.5%
Male high school students who use smokeless tobacco: 15%
Adult smoking rate 19.3%

 

Deaths in Texas from Smoking

Adults who die each year from their own smoking 24,500
Kids now under 18 and alive in Texas who will ultimately die prematurely from smoking 503,000

Smoking kills more people than alcohol, AIDS, car crashes, illegal drugs, murders, and suicides combined — and thousands more die from other tobacco-related causes — such as fires caused by smoking (more than 1,000 deaths/year nationwide) and smokeless tobacco use.

Smoking-Caused Monetary Costs in Texas

Annual health care costs in Texas directly caused by smoking $5.83 billion
Portion covered by the state Medicaid program $1.6 billion
Residents' state & federal tax burden from smoking-caused government expenditures $568 per household
Smoking-caused productivity losses in Texas $6.79 billion

Amounts do not include health costs caused by exposure to secondhand smoke, smoking-caused fires, smokeless tobacco use, or cigar and pipe smoking. Tobacco use also imposes additional costs such as workplace productivity losses and damage to property.

Tobacco Industry Influence in Texas

Annual tobacco industry marketing expenditures nationwide $10.5 billion
Estimated portion spent for Texas marketing each year $622.4 million

Published research studies have found that kids are twice as sensitive to tobacco advertising than adults and are more likely to be influenced to smoke by cigarette marketing than by peer pressure. One-third of underage experimentation with smoking is attributable to tobacco company advertising.

View sources of information.

More detailed fact sheets on tobacco's toll in each state are available by emailing factsheets@tobaccofreekids.org

 

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