Maricopa County Teens Gather at CityScape for Kick Butts Day

Students perform a "Stop and Drop" to signify the 1,400 a day and 500,000 a year who die from tobacco use.

Students perform a “Stop and Drop” to signify the 1,400 a day and 500,000 a year who die from tobacco use.

Roughly 30 Kids from area high schools gathered together at CityScape in downtown Phoenix to raise awareness about the harmful effects of tobacco use and encourage others to join them in pledging to avoid tobacco.

The teens wore t-shirts labeled “1,400 a day – 500,000 a year” and performed Stop and Drop demonstrations to represent those who have died from tobacco use.

Channel 3, 12 and 5 all sent cameras to the event to conduct interviews and film the kids.

Teens encouraged passerbys to sign pledgeboards, pledging to avoid or quit tobacco use.

Teens encouraged passerbys to sign pledgeboards, pledging to avoid or quit tobacco use.

Media from 3 different local television stations were present to interview the participants and film their demenstrations.

Media from 3 different local television stations were present to interview the participants and film their demonstrations.

Even D-Baxter, the Arizona Diamondbacks mascot joined in and pledged to avoid tobacco use.

Even D-Baxter, the Arizona Diamondbacks mascot joined in and pledged to avoid tobacco use. 

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