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Published on March 10, 2014

Kick Butts!

March 10, 2014

Courtesy of DeKalb County Health Department

cigarette buttThe DeKalb County Health Department supports the annual “Kick Butts Day” on March 19, 2014. This national campaign for “Tobacco Free Kids” empowers youth to speak up and take action against tobacco use. The DeKalb High School Reality Group, a program focusing on prevention and advocacy and directed by health educators, will be engaged in picking up cigarette butts on March 18 and 21 to gain an understanding of tobacco use in public spaces. Throughout the week they will be selling candy grams to their classmates at DeKalb High School with proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Association. Students participating in Reality have also conducted surveys regarding smoke free public spaces.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services more than 3.6 million kids under the age of 18 are current smokers while the Center for Disease Control notes that 19 percent of adults smoke. “We know that tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States,” says Jane Lux, Public Health Administrator. If you are looking for help to quit smoking, call the Illinois Tobacco Quitline. The Quitline is provided by the Illinois Department of Public Health and the American Lung Association. The Quitline offers free, convenient and confidential counseling throughout the quitting process and nicotine replacement therapy is free to those who qualify. Respiratory therapists and registered nurses provide tips on dealing with withdrawal symptoms and information about cessation medications.

Make “Kick Butts Day” the first day of your smoke-free life. For more information on quitting, call the Illinois Tobacco Quitline at 1-866-QUIT-YES (1-866-784-8937) or visit health.dekalbcounty.org. KishHealth System also offers Quit Smoking classes offered by our Community Wellness department.

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