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Minnesota Kids 'Kick Butts' on March 24
Date:3/18/2010

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Tobacco use is the number one cause of preventable death in the United States, killing more than 400,000 people and costing $96 billion in health care bills each year.  While the nation has made significant progress in reducing youth smoking, 20 percent of high school students still smoke.

In Minnesota, tobacco use claims 5,500 lives and costs $2.06 billion in health care bills each year.  Currently, 19.1 percent of the state's high school students smoke, and 25,700 kids try cigarettes for the first time each year.

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 Minnesota include (all events are on March 24 unless otherwise noted):

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