By Heather Smathers
March 25, 2009
BULLHEAD CITY, AZ – Students at Fox Creek Junior High School pledged Wednesday to remain tobacco free.
Students made the pledge as a part of Kick Butts Day, a national initiative that promotes tobacco awareness to teen and pre-teens. Kick Butts Day was sponsored locally by the Mohave County Tobacco Use Prevention Program.
“The idea is to teach the students the consequences of tobacco use,” said Cheryl Mirales, MCTUPP coordinator for the Bullhead City Elementary School District.
Mirales said the day also provides an opportunity for teens to speak up against tobacco companies that market toward children and teens.
Sixth grader Brandon Smith said he was glad to sign the pledge.
“I think it’s good because a lot of people die from smoking and I have people in my family that suffer from tobacco use,” Smith said. “I’m glad I can be one of the people who can end tobacco use.”
In addition to learning about tobacco prevention, students who signed the pledge also were entered into drawings for raffle prizes provided by MCTUPP and by Scooters Family Entertainment Center.
Members of the Students Against Destructive Decisions club assisted Mirales with the event.
Mirales said this is the first year Kick Butts Day has been implemented in Bullhead City Schools.
“I hope next year we can have new events and just keep growing Kick Butts Day,” she said.