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

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In Missouri, tobacco use claims 9,500 lives and costs $2.13 billion in health care bills each year.  Currently, 23.8 percent of the state's high school students smoke, and 30,500 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 Missouri include (all events are on March 24 unless otherwise noted):

On April 17, Smokebuster teams from across the southwest region of Missouri, in collaboration with Hickory County Health Department, will display 1,200 pairs of shoes in Springfield during a home game of the minor league Springfield Cardinals to represent the 1,200 people who die each day in the U.S. from tobacco and secondhand smoke.  Time: 2 PM.  Location: Hammons Field, 935 East Traffic Way, Springfield.  Contact: Pam Jackson 417-399-2172.


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