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Local Students Celebrate "Kick Butts" Day

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It's national "Kick Butts" day... A day to encourage people to snuff tobacco out of their lives.
It's not promoted by officials, but rather by students.

Courtney Plante shows you how Students Against Destructive Decisions are doing their part to warn their peers. 

Today's announcements at St. Mary's are a bit different than usual.

Members of SADD, or Students Against Destructive Decisions are quizzing students about things like e-cigarettes.
Andrew Stromme wants his friends to realize the dangers of tobacco use. 

"I do have some people I know that do smoke, and they're trying to quit. They really start to realize how big of a problem it is, and how hard it is to let go," said Andrew Stromme, St. Mary's SADD member.

Across town, things are a little more in your face.

SADD members at Century hand out suckers and have students smell candies that are similar to flavors of e-cigarettes. 

 "They are advertising to kids and people my age. So we got colorful wrappers that look like candy," said Hannah Rexine, SADD member.

Their goal -- prevent friends from using tobacco. 
Or help them quit once they've started.

"A lot of people at my old middle school did smoke and it's hard seeing people make those decisions so young and it can effect your future so greatly," said Hannah Rexine, SADD member.

9th grade math teacher Marcy Feickert says there are quite a few students that use e-cigarettes.
She says educational messages like this show students how advertisements are targeting people their age.

"The kids jaws literally dropped looking at all the packaging and how attractive the packaging is now for e-cigarettes," said Marcy Feickert.

At both schools the lesson for students is clear...
Don't start smoking...

"I don't want to start it because I know it's addictive. It's a good thing to stay away from"
"I think it's a waste of money...all tobacco is"

Don't fall for ads...

"E-cigarettes are the new fad right now, I mean people are trying them just because they look cool," said Courtney Seilerm, SADD Advisor. 
"You see it in the commercial, all of the colorful packaging, that appeals to younger children," said Andrew Stromme, SADD member. 

Do kick butts.

Reporting in Bismarck for KX News, I'm Courtney Plante. 

At the end of the day students at St. Mary's get cookies for correct trivia answers.


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