County Proclaims ‘Kick Butts Day’

The Board of County Commissioners has proclaimed Wednesday, March 20 as “Kick Butts Day” in observance of the national day advocating all people stop using tobacco products.

During this national observance, the youth of the county, through Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT), are sponsoring a Kick Butts Day event at Roger Dean Stadium beginning at 11:30 a.m. during the Miami Marlins vs. Washington Nationals spring training game.

The day’s activities include approximately 90 students from five area schools taking a stand against “big tobacco.” Approximately 1,000 youth becoming smokers every day. In Palm Beach County, 15.9 percent of high school students and 5.2 percent of middle school students already use tobacco products.

“We are encouraging all youth in the county to stop using tobacco products and take a very important step in assuring a long healthy life,” said Janice Davis, tobacco prevention coordinator. “The SWAT kids have already made the commitment and are encouraging their peers to never start using tobacco.”

Further information on quitting is available on the Florida Quitline at 1-877-U-CAN-NOW (822-6669), on Web Coach at, or