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Louisville to Celebrate Kick Butts Day

Tuesday March 22, 2011

Louisville will celebrate National Kick Butts Day tomorrow Wednesday, March 23, with activities at Johnsontown Road Elementary School and at Iroquois High School. Kick Butts Day encourages children to refrain from tobacco use.

At 2:30 p.m. students at Iroquois High School will pick up cigarette butts and other tobacco related litter from the campus in an initiative they have dubbed ButtUp. Fourth and fifth grade students at Johnsontown Road Elementary will view the presentation, “What’s In a Cigarette” beginning at 2:40 p.m.

The Louisville Kick Butts Day celebration is sponsored by the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness, the PAL (Parkland, Algonquin and Old Louisville) Coalition, the Jefferson County Health Promotion Schools of Excellence and the Louisville Metro Tobacco Free Coalition.

On Thursday, March 30 the entire school of Wellington Elementary School will view the “What’s In a Cigarette” presentation.

According to a CDC report released last year, Kentucky ranks the worst of all 50 states and the District of Columbia on the percentage of youth ages 12 – 17 who smoke.

National Kick Butts Day is the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids' annual celebration of youth advocacy, leadership and activism.

“Kick Butts Day is a day to stand out, speak up and seize control in the fight against tobacco,” said Dr. Matt Zahn, Acting Director of the Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness. “It is an important opportunity to raise awareness about the dangers of tobacco addiction and support strong tobacco prevention policies.”

Note to assignment editors: Iroquois High School is located at 4615 Taylor Blvd. Reporters wishing to cover the ButtUp clean-up campaign from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. should phone Tomy Baker Mulloy at 345-9227 for the exact location on the Iroquois campus where students are picking up cigarette butts.