BIDWELL — Students are taking a stand against smoking.
This week, students in the STAND (Students Taking a New Direction) program at River Valley High School, participated in “Kick Butts Day” in order to raise awareness of the harms of tobacco. They participated by assembling a cup display in the fence at the entrance to the school.
“Kick Butts Day is a national day of activism that empowers youth to stand out, speak up and seize control against big tobacco,” Tessa Queen, teacher at River Valley, said.
As public awareness about the harmful effects of tobacco abuse increase, programs like STAND have come about in order to educate the youth regarding those effects. While the national Kick Butts Day was Wednesday March 15, the display will be up throughout the week where students coming and going will be reminded of the dangers of tobacco abuse.
The STAND program is operated by the Gallia County Health Department and is managed by Susan Swisher. Its function is to help increase the public’s knowledge of the dangers of cigarette tobacco among the youth of Gallia.
“Our goal is to prevent underage abuse of tobacco in order to prevent adults that are addicted and cannot stop,” Queen said. “It’s one thing for an adult to knowingly smoke tobacco, but it’s not okay for our youth to start using and then have the hardship and struggle of quitting.”
STAND uses activities like the Kick Butts Day in order to prevent underage smoking. If you are interested in learning more about the Kick Butts Day you can visit kickbuttsday.org
If you are interested in learning more about the Stand program, contact Susan Swisher at the Gallia County Health Office at 740-441-2018.
Reach Morgan McKinniss at 740-446-2342 or firstname.lastname@example.org