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Kick Butts Day is a national day of activism that empowers youth to speak up and take action against Big Tobacco. The 17th annual Kick Butts Day will be held on Wednesday, March 21, 2012.


Tobacco 101: General Facts

  • Each day about 4,000 kids under 18 try smoking for the first time, and another 1,000 kids become new, daily smokers.
  • Adult male smokers lose an average of 13 years of life and adult female smokers lose an average of 15 years of life.
  • The chemical nicotine – found in cigarettes and other tobacco products – is an addictive drug, which is why it is so hard for people to quit using tobacco once they start.
  • Lung cancer, throat cancer, heart disease, stroke and emphysema are just some of the painful, life-threatening diseases linked with smoking. Smoking also is associated with cancers of the mouth, larynx, esophagus, pancreas, cervix, kidney, stomach and bladder.
  • Smoking limits the amount of oxygen in the blood, reducing your stamina for sports and other physical activities.
  • Smoking turns your teeth and fingernails yellow, and causes premature wrinkling of the skin. It also makes your hair, clothes, and breath smell gross.

Second hand Smoke

  • Secondhand smoke is a complex mixture of over 7,000 chemicals that are produced by the burning materials of a cigarette.
  • Secondhand smoke contains more than 250 chemicals known to be toxic or cancer-causing, including formaldehyde (embalming fluid), arsenic (a potent rat poison), and hydrogen cyanide (used in chemical weapons).
  • According to the U.S. Surgeon General, “secondhand smoke exposure causes respiratory symptoms, including cough, phlegm, wheeze, and breathlessness, among school-aged children.”
  • Secondhand smoke exposure is a known cause of lung cancer, heart disease, and respiratory problems, as well as other health problems.
  • Exposure to secondhand smoke results in almost 50,000 deaths a year in the United States and causes over 1 million illnesses in children. Worldwide, secondhand smoke kills 600,000 people per year.

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