Big Tobacco has been misleading the public for far too long. Youth, teachers, health educators and healthcare providers across the country spoke up against big tobacco companies on March 20. This day is formally known as “Kick Butts Day” led by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. There were more than 1,000 events taking place around the nation to raise awareness of the damaging effects tobacco companies are causing our youth. Countless agencies have been promoting tighter regulation of tobacco products and informing communities, legislators, policy makers and healthcare providers on the harmful consequences of tobacco use. This year, your community was on the front line. Local events were held in North Tonawanda, Buffalo, Corfu and Frewsburg. Western New York will continue the fight against big tobacco.

Kick Butts Day is designated for individuals and organizations to join in the fight against tobacco, however there is always an opportunity to fight any day of the year. Tobacco use is still the number one cause of preventable death in United States. The louder we are, the more we will be heard. What steps will you take in the march to kick butts?

JAYME HINKLE, children's pastor, Niagara Falls

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