BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Students from schools all across the state rallied outside the Louisiana State Capitol on Wednesday, March 21 for National Kick Butts Day. Their goal, to let legislators know they believe now is the time to create clean air for all.
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The 2006 Louisiana Smoke-Free Air Act eliminated smoking in public places. It includes restaurants but exempts bars and gaming facilities.
Smoking Cessation Trust says tobacco costs Louisiana $1.89 billion in health care expenditures and an estimated $2.49 billion in lost productivity annually.
National Kick Butts Day events are an effort to prevent teenagers from ever picking up a tobacco habit and to counteract the numerous messages targeting young smokers, by explaining the dangers of cigarettes.
National Kick Butts Day was started in 1996 to counteract the numerous messages targeting young smokers. It was created as a day of activism to empower youth to stand out, speak up and seize control against tobacco use. It is organized by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.
The students participating in the rally on Wednesday were part of Next Era, a statewide youth movement of the Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living.