Kick Butts Day is March 19th!
Kick Butts Day is a national day of activism that empowers youth to stand out, speak up and seize control against Big Tobacco. As a teacher, youth leader or health advocate, you can organize events to raise awareness of the tobacco problem, encourage youth to stay tobacco-free and urge strong action to protect kids from tobacco.
FDA Targets Teens with the "Real Cost" of Tobacco Use
One of the most compelling ways to prevent youth tobacco use may be through their teeth, reports UPI. “The Real Cost,” a new, national public education campaign of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) targets the approximately 10 million 12- to 17-year olds with messages about the health consequences of tobacco use. In their announcement, the FDA said, “Educating teens about the harms of tobacco use in a way that is personally relevant to them can be difficult, especially since many teens believe they won’t get addicted and the long-term health consequences of smoking don’t apply to them.”
2013 Drug Use Statistics for 8th Graders
The 2013 NIDA's Monitoring the Future Study reports the following national use patterns for 8th graders. While marijuana use has increased half of a perecent over 2012, smoking, alcohol and inhalant use is down. During the last month:
•4.5% smoked cigarettes
•7.0% used marijuana
•10.2% used alcohol
•2.3% used inhalants
Yes, the numbers are high. But nationally, most young people don't use drugs!