High School Students Play Dead for ‘Kick Butts Day’

By Beacon Staff

Flathead and Glacier High School teens will hold a demonstration against tobacco use today as part of “Kick Butts Day,” a nationwide initiative in which teens take the lead in the effort to stop their peers from using tobacco.

“Kick Butts Day is an annual celebration of youth advocacy, leadership and activism for health and against tobacco,” said Nikki Abbrescia, FHS Student and STAND Club member.

At 3:10 p.m., as school is being released, 45 students will lay “dead” in the FHS Commons area. Every hour, tobacco kills 45 people in the United States, according to a press release from the organize. This activity is designed to raise awareness that tobacco will continue to be the leading cause of preventable death in Montana and nationwide as long as youth continue to enter into a lifetime of tobacco addiction.

“Of all the kids who are under 18 in Montana today, 18,000 of them will die early from smoking,” said Meghan Garner, FHS Student and STAND Club member. “Kick Butts Day is a great way for Montana teens to get involved in the fight against Big Tobacco.”

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