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Georgia Kids 'Kick Butts' on April 2
Date:3/27/2008

from $6.9 billion in 1998 to $13.4 billion in 2005 - more than $36 million per day, according to the Federal Trade Commission. In Georgia, tobacco companies spend $444.8 million a year to market their products.

Nationwide, tobacco use kills more than 400,000 people and costs the nation nearly $100 billion in health care bills each year, and 23 percent of high school students smoke. In Georgia, tobacco use claims 10,300 lives and costs the state $2.25 billion in health care bills a year, and 17.2 percent of high school students smoke.

On Kick Butts Day, kids turn the tables on Big Tobacco with events that range from "They put WHAT in a cigarette?" demonstrations to mock-funerals for the Marlboro Man to rallies at state capitols. Activities in Georgia include (all events are on April 2 unless otherwise noted):

The Library Teen Advisory Council in Lakeland will participate in a cigarette butts clean up throughout the town of Lakeland. They will also demonstrate the number of people who die every day from tobacco-related diseases at the Miller-Lakeland Public Library. Time: 9 AM. Location: 124 S. Valdosta Road, Lakeland. Contact: Paula Bennett (229) 482-2904.

Note to the media: For a list of Kick Butts Day events in Georgia visit http://www.kickbuttsday.org/events. Additional information about tobacco, including state-by-state statistics, can be found at http://www.tobaccofreekids.org.


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