A Kick Butts Day is an innovative and fun way to send across the important message to people about tobacco use and the tobacco industry. It's also a great way for youth supporters to lead the fight for program, policies, and practices that safeguard kids from tobacco consumption and secondhand smoke.
October 11th is the day we commit to kicking ourselves in the butt to take some action on the objective we’ve set and not accomplished, actions we’ve committed to and not initiated as yet, promises we’ve made and not kept, excuses we’ve generated that have us stalled and troubles we’ve faced and not solved. This is the day we do something productive towards are commitment of discarding tobacco and move forward in our lives. It is celebrated on the second Monday of October every year.
Kick Butts Day, is a national occasion started on September 1995 by the campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, also termed as the National Center for Tobacco-Free Kids. The single day event has now started taking place every year on or around the first Wednesday of April. The goal of the event is to encourage America's youth to stand up, to be vocal and to participate in the fight against big tobacco.
The Campaign’s prominent goal is to prohibit children from exposure and addiction to tobacco. They work to achieve in four ways: (1) by enhancing awareness that tobacco consumption is a pediatric disease, (2) by bringing changes in public policies to restrict the marketing and sales of tobacco to children, (3) by changing the environment where tobacco consumption and policy decisions are made, and (4) by actively countering the tobacco trade and its special vested interests. The campaign encourages young generation to become youth supporters to advocate tobacco ordinances in their communities, to conduct tobacco control activities and events, like Kick Butts Day, and to assist in educating peers on the dangers of tobacco.
It's long been known that the tobacco sector targets the 14-18 year old age group in their marketing and sales campaigns. Almost 90 percent of adults who have ever smoked began smoking prior to the age of 18. The tobacco sector is aware the earlier they can make a person addicted to tobacco, the longer they will cling to this addiction.
Even now, more than the after lapse of 10 years after the 1998 master tobacco settlement, the latest poll reported that kids still gets targeted by tobacco advertising and still find that tobacco products are quite accessible to buy. A national survey conducted a survey in which more than 1,500 people reported that 74 percent of teens believe that tobacco companies encourage them to smoke, 70 percent feel targeted by tobacco advertising, and that teens are much more likely as adults to keep in mind the tobacco advertising.
Every day in the United States nearly 4,000 new kids try their first cigarette. Most teens believe they will just experience smoking and will be able to stop whenever they feel like. However, nicotine is an extremely addictive component, as addictive as heroin or cocaine, and latest studies have reported that several people become addicted with their first cigarette. When asked any adult smoker how old they were when they first smoked and nearly 90 percent said prior to 18 years of age. Once addicted to nicotine, it gets next to impossible to quit tobacco. Every 72 seconds in the US someone dies from tobacco consumption. Cancer, stroke, heart disease, and emphysema kill over 400,000 people every single year. Each death scatters the family, friends and community.
Tobacco is not just a cancer in the United States; it is also a worldwide concern.