Students taught to "Kick butts"

Lost Creek, Ky. (WYMT)-- Students at Marie Roberts-Caney Elementary School took a reminder lesson on the dangers of cigarette and tobacco use for National Kick Butts Day.

This lesson, part of an initiative with AmeriCorps and Operation UNITE targets fourth graders.

"If you look at the statistics, nine is the age where they say they first experimented with drugs and alcohol," said the lesson's instructor, Jamie Smith. "So we target that age."

The lessons encouraged fourth-grader Madeline Hall to resist tobacco.

"I think it can make kids stop smoking, or not start," she said.

A discussion with students also included a talk about second-hand smoke, along with consequences of tobacco use that may not be as obvious as lung and heart disease.

"For the kids, it's mostly that you smell bad," said Smith.

The program also gives the students a chance to be reminded not to pick up cigarettes.

"If they've not got someone in their lives to tell them that they shouldn't be doing these things, sometimes they'll experiment with things like that," Smith said.

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