March 20th marks National Kick Butts Day, an annual day of youth being educated about the dangers of peer pressure and tobacco. The event is sponsored by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. More than a thousand events are planned across the nation. Greenwood Boys and Girls Club joined in on the celebration.
Synthia Hoover, Director of Greenwood Boys and Girls Club says, "So today we're going to show a movie and it's called ''The Real Truth, the Seductions of Smoking'' and it's going to introduce the children about the fancy lifestyles of smoking, and why you shouldn't smoke. We're making children aware of the behavior and lifestyle changes that tobacco causes.
Students committed to being tobacco-free by signing a pledge on the wall. Student A'nya Hilton says she is going to avoid tobacco, and stick with that pledge.
"Tobacco will give you lung cancer,I'm very excited we're going to learn about tobacco and how it can hurt kids around the world.
Hoover says it's important to help kids kick smoking habits, before they even start.
'It's very important, using tobacco smoking, tobacco or however you use it decreases lives. It's important that they live longer healthier lives."
Local youth in Itta Bena also celebrated by hosting an anti-tobacco rally.