Students to enroll in anti-tobacco day

April 11, 1999|By MELODY HOLMES | MELODY HOLMES,SUN STAFF

Kids in the Baltimore area and all over the country will be collectively kicking butts this Wednesday. They are not on a rampage of violence, however. Instead, these elementary, middle and high school students are participating in Kick Butts Day, sponsored by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, an organization based in Washington.

Kick Butts Day, now in its fourth year, consists of student-led activities ranging from mock funerals of the Marlboro man to statehouse rallies. Each of the events is designed to discourage smoking.

At Sparrow's Point Middle School, for instance, students will participate in Death Day: They will all dress in black to represent the 400,000 people who die annually due to smoking-related illness. Students also will participate in a game of "Smoking Jeopardy," in a banner-signing where they will pledge to remain tobacco-free and in an anti-smoking poster contest.

The sixth-graders at Park Elementary will learn about the hazards of smoking through the D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program, which continues throughout the school year. Students will also participate in a poster contest for small prizes.

At Owings Mills High, 83 students and three teachers have pledged to quit smoking. In addition, Maryland Attorney General Joseph Curran and the present Ms. Maryland, Heather Davis, will speak on Tuesday.

About 2.4 million Americans 18 and under are smokers.

Information

To receive a 1999 Activity Guide outlining ideas for tobacco prevention activities, contact the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids at 1707 L St., N.W., Suite 800, Washington, D.C. 20036, or call 202-296-5469.

Pub Date: 04/11/99

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