Friday, March 18, 2016
About 30 children participated in the annual ‘Kick Butts Day’ on Wednesday at the VO Dobbins Community Center in Kingsport.
The event — now in its 15th year — included an essay contest (on why tobacco and smoking are bad), drawings and a pizza party.
Kids learned from local health and education officials about the dangers of smoking and tobacco use and took a pledge not to do either when they grow up.
On Kick Butts Day, kids demand that tobacco companies stop marketing products to them and encourage elected officials to help reduce youth tobacco use.
In the picture above (courtesy the Kingsport Times-News) above, participants take turns ‘kicking’ a punching bag to show how they plan to ‘kick butts’ and not start smoking.