BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Wednesday, March 15 is National Kick Butts Day. The goal is to keep kids away from smoking and encouraging current smokers to kick the habit.
In Louisiana alone, nearly 30,000 high school students admit to smoking. Louisiana currently ranks 43 out of 50 states (up three spots from 46th). The national average is presently 17.5 percent (an improvement from 18.1 percent in 2015).
A good way to celebrate kick butts day is to talk to your kids about staying away from cigarettes.
"Studies have shown that children are three times more likely to smoke if their parents smoke," says Mike Rogers, Chief Executive Officer of SCT Management Services. "While we encourage all young people not to start smoking, and that includes e-cigarettes, or quit cigarettes if they've started, we also ask that they share the 'kick butts' empowerment message with their parents, grandparents and other older adults in their lives. Sometimes, hearing the 'stop smoking' plea from their children or grandchildren is just the right combination of love and concern that some adults need to help break their addiction to cigarettes."
The national event started in 1996 as a day of activism to "empower youth to stand out, speak up and seize control against Big Tobacco." It is organized by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.
For more information or to apply, visit the Smoking Cessation Trust's website at www.smokefreela.org or call (855) 259-6346.