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Kids Urge State Leaders To Support Tobacco Prevention

Sonora, CA — Thousands of California kids are joining millions of young people nationwide to combat smoking.

The 11th annual Kick Butts Day featured 2,000 events in 50 states to celebrate youth leadership and activism in the fight against tobacco use.

In California, 13 percent of high school students smoke, and 47,900 kids become regular smokers every year.

According to the Tuolumne County Health Department, 9.8 percent of young women between the ages of 12 and 17 smoke, and 11 percent of young men in the same age group smoke.

On Kick Butts Day, the kids sent a message to tobacco companies to stop targeting them with marketing for cigarettes.

Written by Sabrina Sabbagh