Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Kick Butts!

Utah State University Student Health Services invites you to Kick Butt! March 20th is National Kick Butts Day, and USU Student Health Services and the Bear River Health Department are teaming up to encourage USU Students to quit smoking. An event will be held for National Kick Butts Day Thursday March 21, 2013 in the Merrill-Cazier Library from 10 a.m.-2p.m. The booth will be located in the library entryway so students can gain awareness about the dangers of smoking. Students can also pick up informational pamphlets, quit kits, and have their questions answered by an expert.

National Kick Butts Day is a day of activism that empowers youth to stand out, speak up and seize control against Big Tobacco at more than 1,000 events across the United States and around the world. Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. 1 in 5 Americans use tobacco, killing more than 400,000 people annually. Tobacco kills more people than AIDS, alcohol, car accidents, illegal drugs, murders and suicides combined. Tobacco also costs the U.S. more than $96 billion in health care expenditures and $97 billion in lost productivity each year. Is smoking really worth the risk?

11.8% of adults in Utah are regular tobacco users, and 1,100 Utah adults die each year from tobacco. Annual health care costs in Utah directly caused by smoking is $345 million. Smoking also causes $294 million of productivity losses in Utah. The tobacco industry spends $8.5 billion on their marketing expenditures each year. They spend $34 million of that budget for marketing just within Utah. Studies show kids are twice as sensitive to tobacco advertising than adults. Therefore, kids are more likely to be influenced to smoke by cigarette marketing than by peer pressure. One-third of underage experimentation with smoking is attributable to tobacco company advertising.

USU Students Kick Butts!

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