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Weather forces postponement of anti-tobacco event

March 17, 2019

BULLHEAD CITY — Students from Bullhead Opting Out of Tobacco from the Mohave County Tobacco Use Prevent program in Fort Mohave had to postpone their weekend event due to the wind.

Gravestones, designed by fifth graders from across the school district, were to be presented Saturday in front of Bullhead City Middle School. These mock gravestones will list the dangers of smoking and chewing tobacco on them.

The event has been rescheduled for Monday at 4:15 p.m. and is free for the public to visit.

This event corresponds with national Kick Butts Day which is Wednesday. It’s an annual day where thousands of youth take part in protesting the use of tobacco products.

The day is sponsored by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. This year the main focus is reducing vaping and other e-cigarettes that have become popular, especially in the younger generations.

High schoolers smoking traditional cigarettes has fallen 8.1 percent nationwide. However, the use of e-cigarettes has risen 78 percent among high school students as of 2018.

In Arizona, 16.1 percent of high school students use e-cigarettes, while only 7.1 percent of that population still smoke cigarettes.

“We cannot allow e-cigarettes, especially Juul, to addict another generation and reverse the enormous progress we’ve made in reducing youth tobacco use,” said Matthew Myers, president of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, in a news release.

Other cities in Arizona are taking part in Kick Butts Day.

Students from the Kingman Youth Coalition Beating Up Teen Tobacco will be at the American Woodmark Corporation providing education about tobacco dangers at 8 a.m.

In Lake Havasu, the high school students will be encouraging their peers to sign a petition to request the city to raise the tobacco sale age to 21. Each of these events is Wednesday.