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3/28/2012 6:00:00 AM
Kingman students work to snuff tobacco use
CourtesyKYCBUTT (Kingman Youth Coalition Beating Up Teen Tobacco) Club members (from left) Brianna Brown, Amanda Spivey, Kendall Tanner and Savanna Smith, all in the 11th grade, pose Wednesday, during National Kick Butts Day activities at Kingman High School.
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KYCBUTT (Kingman Youth Coalition Beating Up Teen Tobacco) Club members (from left) Brianna Brown, Amanda Spivey, Kendall Tanner and Savanna Smith, all in the 11th grade, pose Wednesday, during National Kick Butts Day activities at Kingman High School.
CourtesyKYCBUTT Club members (from left) Stephanie Sixkiller and Kayla Mourtinsen, 12th graders, and 10th graders Kaylee Doss and Madison Williams pose Thursday, during National Kick Butts Day activities at Kingman Academy of Learning.
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KYCBUTT Club members (from left) Stephanie Sixkiller and Kayla Mourtinsen, 12th graders, and 10th graders Kaylee Doss and Madison Williams pose Thursday, during National Kick Butts Day activities at Kingman Academy of Learning.

KINGMAN - Kingman Youth Coalition Beating Up Teen Tobacco (KYCBUTT) Club members held National Kick Butts Day activities at Kingman High and Kingman Academy of Learning.

"Both school clubs made pledge walls for their peers to pledge to be tobacco free," Mohave County Department of Public Health Tobacco Use and Chronic Disease Prevention Program Office Specialist Annie Meredith said. "They displayed 25 headstones ... to show the amount of people who die every 30 minutes from tobacco-related illness."

The club members shared informational materials with other students concerning the dangers of tobacco use. Kingman High activities took place Wednesday, while Kingman Academy activities were held Thursday.

"Dedicated KYCBUTT Club members do really great things in the community," Meredith said. "Right now, they are working on a tobacco-free parks and playground ordinance to present before the Kingman City Council."

For more information, call Meredith at (928) 753-0794, ext. 4360.





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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Article comment by: jo shmo

Bottom line, I pay taxes for my smokes and I pay taxes to my city/state. If you don't want me to smoke in/near your private establishment that's fine. HOWEVER, last time I checked I was still in the USA and if I'm paying taxes to upkeep a public park I should have freedom to smoke. I would gladly oblige to not do so within so many feet from the play area. Nothing more or less. Although we as people may or may not like what someone is doing does not give us the right to choose for them.

Posted: Thursday, March 29, 2012
Article comment by: Way To Go Kids

I am so extremely proud of these youth and the wonderful positive impact they are making on our community. We hear so frequently about all the negativity in this town it is refreshing to see youth putting their time into a positive thing. Not many kids have the ambition or drive it takes to be youth advocates so my hats off to you girls. Hopefully your dedication to educating the community on the dangers of tobacco use and second hand smoke will pay off and we won’t have to loose any of our family or friends to the horrible diseases it causes.

To the people who are posting negative comments, shame on you. You are taking such a great article and turning it into something negative. If you want the youth in our town to flourish and become productive citizens of society maybe you should start supporting them in their work instead of tearing them down with your negativity.

Keep up the hard work girls and good luck with your Tobacco Free Parks ordinance.


Posted: Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Article comment by: R .

Somebody needs to do an update of Joe Camel, some 20 years later, now that his tongue and part of his jaw were removed due to cancers caused by tobacco use...that'll scare the kiddies!

Posted: Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Article comment by: John Armstrong

While these student groups work to reduce teen smoking and its future health effects, do they consider the consequences of their actions?

How are they going to fund anti-smoking campaigns if people of legal age to smoke aren't buying cigarettes and paying taxes on them?

What about how their efforts effects the futures of other teens/adults whom live in tobacco-growing states? How are these people going to have a good future if their families lose their tobacco farms?

What about the massive unemployment in healthcare, medical research, civil service and any other industry/business related to or dependant on smokers of legal age?

Remember all actions in life have consequences that effect more than ourselves.


Posted: Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Article comment by: az mac

Smoking is down by 50%, SHS is down by 75%. Yet all the so called smoking diseases are on the rise as much as 500%.
One car puts out 7.7 tons of pollution year. That lets each person in this country breath 33 pounds of pollution a day or about 6 tons a year. Car exhaust can kill in minutes. Then you have Geo- Engineering which is spraying tons of heavy metals on you.
The bans have helped destroy private property right which is the key to the constitution and our freedom.
The high taxe on tobacco are unconstitutional. Our founders went to war because of unconstitutional taxes.
Not one proven death by smoking. If a smoker dies no matter what he dies of it was caused by smoking. If a non smoker has a so called smoking disease it also was caused by smoking or SHS.
I grew up when almost all smoked and there were not the diseases around like today, in fact I only knew one person with cancer. Never knew anyone with diabetes, allergies or had a hard time breathing.
Cancer is the number one money maker for the drug companies, doctors and hospitals. Cancer keeps the population down so why would they want to find a cure.
The bottom line is there are many other things that are killing you and yet they have people side tracked to smoking.
The bans and high taxes have caused hate, crime, loss of business, loss of jobs, loss of property rights.




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