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Kick Butts Day

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Americans everywhere are celebrating Kick Butts Day.

It's an effort to stand up to tobacco companies, and close to 1,400 events are happening all around the globe.

Here's a look at how TGU Granville school joined the fight.

(Mary Hanertty, First District Health) "Kick Butts Day was started in 1996, and it is a day four youth to exercise their activism against big tobacco. There's 800 footprints or pictures of shoes on lockers and throughout the halls. That represents 800 people that die in North Dakota from their own smoking. Youth in North Dakota are getting more educated all the time, and speak out about it with their families.

(Ashley Livert, Sophomore) "Couple of my family members are smokers so I can really relate to the problem of smoking and how it really affects your family, and your friends. I will be talking to the younger students about the causes and effects for tobacco use."

(Principal speaking to children) What is today?

(Kids) Kick Butts Day!

(Ashley Livert, TGU Granville Sophomore) "What's the point of even starting if it's not worth your health, and everyone around you because I mean everyone loves you.

(Mary Hanertty, First District Health) "Please don't start. It doesn't harm just you. It harms everyone around you in more ways than one.

North Dakota ranks in the top five states with the lowest sales tax on cigarettes.

Supporters of Kick Butts Day say if those taxes were raised fewer people would smoke and maybe next year they could hang up less shoes in their memories.

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