Barry-Eaton Health Dept. Encourages Residents to "Butt Out" for National Kick Butts Day

The 22nd annual Kick Butts Day, a day of national activism, will be held this year on March 21st. Organized by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Kick Butts Day encourages and empowers youth to stand up, speak out, and seize control against tobacco companies.

Tobacco kills 1,300 Americans every single day. Tobacco companies have been increasingly targeting teenagers with national marketing campaigns. Every day, more than 2,800 kids under the age of 18 try smoking for the first time, and another 700 kids become regular smokers.

In response to this, the Eaton County Tobacco Reduction Coalition, as part of the Eaton County Substance Abuse Advisory Group (ECSAAG) has teamed up with local coffee shops to promote Kick Butts Day with stickers on coffee cups. If coffee shops or other businesses are interested in partnering for this initiative next year, please contact Lauren Cibor, Community Health Promotion Specialist at BEDHD at (517)541-2624.

For help with quitting tobacco of all forms, talk with your healthcare provider or contact the Michigan Tobacco Quitline at 1-800-784-8669. For information on the national initiative and campaigns, visit the Kick Butts Day website at

-From the Barry-Eaton District Health Department

Article posted on March 7th, 2018.