According to the CDC, nearly 50,000 Americans die each year from lung cancer and heart disease attributable to secondhand smoke exposure. National Kick Butts Day is a day for activism when thousands of youth in every state and around the world will stand out, speak up, and seize control against big tobacco. Students and teachers at Carroll Junior High and Carroll High School will be able to participate in a "Minute to Win It" game show event to spread the word about the health hazards of smoking.
On March 21st, the rally will be high energy and will remind students to "wave the smoke away" and that they are "too hip to dip." The rally will have performances by Carroll High School's band and cheerleaders.
The scientific evidence on the health risks of exposure to secondhand smoke is clear, convincing, and overwhelming. Secondhand smoke is a known cause of lung cancer, heart disease, low birth-weight births, and chronic lung ailments such as bronchitis (particularly in children), as well as other health problems. As of January 2012, 64.5 percent of the U.S. population lives in areas that have passed strong smoke/tobacco-free laws. St. Francis Medical Center is a tobacco-free facility and we are very proud to be "Kicking Butts" in our area when it comes to promoting a clean environment free of smoke and tobacco.