FORT LEE, Va. -- March 20 is National Kick Butts Day and Kenner Army Health Clinic is supporting the campaign by hosting numerous events over the next few months at Child and Youth Services facilities on Fort Lee.

Sponsored by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Kick Butts Day is an annual celebration of youth leadership and activism in the fight against tobacco. This year, Kick Butts Day is focusing

attention on the need to reverse the skyrocketing youth use of vaping and other e-cigarettes, which have become, by far, the most popular tobacco products used by kids.

There have been great strides made in the fight against tobacco. But every day, more than 3,000 kids under 18 try smoking for the first time and 700 kids become new regular, daily smokers. Tobacco use is still the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S., killing more than 480,000 people every year.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that there is an increasingly popular e-cigarette called Juul, which is in the shape of a flash drive that has been commonly used product among U.S. middle and high school students.

By getting involved in Kick Butts Day and other activities, America’s youth can raise awareness about the tobacco problem, encourage peers to be tobacco-free and support effective solutions to reduce tobacco use.

Events planned for the 2019 Kick Butts campaign include: performance art by the Virginia Repertory Theatre; art activities; teen-led tobacco cessation promotion; presentations at the CYS Spring Fling; and a concluding Kick Butts Basketball Tournament on May 31.

For more information about the events contact Hattie Winfield, Preventive Medicine, at hattie.l.winfield.civ@mail.mil.