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KYCBUTT warns kids about the dangers of tobacco

Members of Kingman Youth Coalition Beating Up Teen Tobacco put PVC together Friday in the library at La Senita Elementary School in preparation for a puppet show that was part of a presentation on the dangers of tobacco. From left are freshman Hillary Acer, senior Garett Theel and junior Cassie Acer. Photo: TERRY ORGAN/Miner

Members of Kingman Youth Coalition Beating Up Teen Tobacco put PVC together Friday in the library at La Senita Elementary School in preparation for a puppet show that was part of a presentation on the dangers of tobacco. From left are freshman Hillary Acer, senior Garett Theel and junior Cassie Acer. Photo: TERRY ORGAN/Miner

KINGMAN - A total of 22 Kingman High School students walked from their campus Friday to nearby La Senita Elementary School for more than the exercise.

They are members of Kingman Youth Coalition Beating Up Teen Tobacco, a campus group that visits other schools with a message about the dangers of smoking and chewing tobacco. Mohave County Tobacco Use Prevention Program sponsors KYCBUTT.

KYCBUTT members planned three presentations of about 30 minutes each at La Senita. The final 15 minutes was devoted to a puppet show titled, "Adventure in Nicotine Land," that reinforced the talk given during the first 15 minutes.

"We want to let younger kids know about the dangers of smoking and what tobacco will do to them, so they can make good choices," junior Cassie Acer said.

The message also covers the dangers posed by inhaling second-hand smoke, said senior Jessica Reinoso, one of the group's coordinators.

La Senita is the first school KYCBUTT members have visited this school year. They expect to visit at least four more as calls are received requesting their presentation, Reinoso said.

While most presentations are done to elementary grade levels, the group also talks with other high school students.

Reinoso said group members spoke with students their own age at conferences in Tucson last year.

"I think it's important children be informed while they're young about the dangers of tobacco and harm it can do," said senior Hannah Williams, another student coordinator for the group.

"The longer they smoke the more diseases they're likely to get in life."

School officials interested in a presentation may contact Marcy Reinoso, parent coordinator for the group, at 279-7425.

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