Young people participate in Kick Butts Day

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Young people and their parents are participating in a campaign Wednesday in Lexington to try to reduce smoking.

Their work is part of the 17th annual Kick Butts Day, and the Smoke-Free Kentucky group says 1,100 events are planned nationwide.

The Lexington crew is gathering at the YMCA of Central Kentucky from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. to participate in tobacco prevention activities.

The events are organized by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. That group's president, Matthew L. Myers, says the group wants elected officials to support higher tobacco taxes, strong smoke-free laws and well-funded tobacco prevention programs.

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