Haven Middle School students showed their stance against smoking on Kick Butts Day, March 21.        Photo by Cassandra Clegg

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The Evanston Substance Abuse Prevention Council (ESAP) Coalition took a stand against tobacco on Kick Butts Day, March 21.

During lunch periods at Evanston Township High School, coalition members gave students an opportunity to test their tobacco knowledge by taking a brief quiz. 

Students answering all questions correctly received anti-tobacco prizes donated by American Cancer Society, and all participants were given Kick Butts Day stickers. Students also completed pledge cards, explaining how they would remain tobacco-free, stop using tobacco, and/or try to help a loved one quit smoking; the completed pledge wall can be viewed in the main lobby.

The ESAP Council invites Evanston residents to consider these facts:

• 90 percent of smokers start using tobacco regularly by age 18.

• Each day, more than 1,000 United States youth become new regular smokers.

• Roughly one-third of them will die from a tobacco-related disease.

Together, says the ESAP Council, “We can work to prevent this in Evanston – on Kick Butts Day, and every day.”