Kick Butts Day 2014

Members of the Monroe County High School and Middle School Youth Prevention Councils participated in the nationally recognized 2014 Kick Butts Day on March 20, collecting cigarette butts around the schools and the Wellness Center to raise awareness about the amount of litter caused by smoking, as well as the amount of cigarette usage that occurs on campus.

Youth council members also assisted volunteers from the Monroe County CARES Coalition in building a display on the lawn of the court house that represented statistics on tobacco related deaths in Kentucky, using Frisbees and t-shirts.

Sponsored by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Kick Butts Day is an annual celebration of youth leadership and activism in the fight against tobacco.

County Judge Executive Tommy Willett declared it Monroe County Kick Butts Day as well, signing a proclamation at the March CARES meeting.

Each year, smoking kills 480,000 people in the U.S. and costs the nation at least $289 billion in health care bills and other economic losses. Kentucky has the highest smoking rates in the country. Without urgent action to reduce smoking, 5.6 million U.S. children alive today will die prematurely from smoking-caused disease. That includes 119,000 children in Kentucky alone. Currently, 24.1 percent of the state’s high school students smoke.