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Young smokers encouraged to stop smoking on Kick Butts Day

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Young smokers encouraged to stop smoking on Kick Butts Day

By Joyce Lupiani. CREATED Mar 19, 2014

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Wednesday is Kick Butts Day and the hope is that people, particularly teenagers, both in Las Vegas and across the nation will stop smoking.

There are more than 1,400 events planned nationwide for Kick Butts Day.

Kick Butts Day was started in 1996 by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.

Locally, the members of Evolvement created a program called Counter Balance. That program is about protecting youth from being bombarded by tobacco ads in the community.

Studies show that youth are more likely to use tobacco if they are constantly exposed to tobacco advertising. Students from various high schools mapped out the 1,200+ tobacco retail outlets in southern Nevada on an interactive map where users can discover tobacco retail store density in relation to their homes, parks, schools and day care centers. 

Tobacco retail density maps can be found at counterbalancenv.com.

The Southern Nevada Health District's Tobacco Control Program combats youth tobacco use by developing programs that go beyond traditional methods, such as extensive social marketing programs, teen-focused counter-advertising activities, community outreach programs that reach into minority communities, and campaigns developed for alternative lifestyles.

By using CDC's Best Practices models, the Tobacco Control Program has developed activities and policy efforts that have contributed to a significant decrease in youth and adult smoking rates, expanded programs directed toward diverse communities, and increased knowledge of the dangers of secondhand smoke.

Smokers can contact the Nevada Tobacco Users' Helpline at 1-800-QUIT NOW for free assistance to help quit smoking. They can speak with a professional, licensed counselor for confidential assistance. Smokers can also visit the health district's Get Healthy Clark County website, www.GetHealthyClarkCounty.org find tips to help quit smoking and additional resources.

Joyce Lupiani

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Joyce Lupiani is the managing editor for PositivelyLV.com and contributes to KTNV.com and NowTrending.com.