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March 19. 2013 7:48PM

Kick Butts: Students aim to educate about tobacco use

The snow storm may have postponed a Manchester event for Kick Butts day, but elsewhere in the state young people will demonstrate their opposition to tobacco use today.

The New Hampshire Youth Network had planned to place 1,700 pairs of shoes, representing the 1,700 people who die from smoking each year in New Hampshire, in the Fisher Cats ballpark.

The "New Hampshire Soles Lost" event will be rescheduled at the Delta Dental Stadium.

The 18th annual Kick Butts Day is organized by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and sponsored by United Health Foundation.

It's a day to encourage young people to stay tobacco-free and to educate their communities about the dangers of tobacco and the tobacco industry's marketing practices.

While smoking is down nationwide, 18.1 percent of high school students are smokers, and the campaign says nearly 1,000 young people become regular smokers each day.

Among the New Hampshire events scheduled for Kick Butts day are:

--A tobacco bingo game and a display with shoes highlighting the number of smoking deaths in New Hampshire each year are among activities organized by University of New Hampshire students.

--Activities at three Dover schools - Dover Middle, Horne Street Elementary and Woodman Park Elementary - will be hosted by members of Dover Youth To Youth. They will be decorating one of the schools with anti-tobacco messages and posters and will be giving presentations entitled The Truth About Tobacco and Love Your O's to educate students on smoking's impact on lung health.

--A flash mob with colorful, elaborate signs will be conducted by members of the Raymond Coalition for Youth during period changes throughout the day at the Iber Holmes Gove Middle School.


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