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Knox County youth to mark Kick Butts Day

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Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the U.S., yet about 43.8 million Americans still smoke cigarettes - nearly 1 in every 5 adults. According to the Knox County Behavioral Risk Factor Survey, 21.5 percent of Knox County adults were smoking cigarettes in 2008. In addition, approximately 18.5 percent of Knox County Schools high school students reported they smoked cigarettes in the past 30 days, according to the 2013 Youth Risk Behavior Survey

Kick Butts Day is a national day of activism that empowers youth to stand out, speak up and seize control against tobacco. Observed nationally on March 19, Kick Butts Day is designed to raise awareness about the problem of tobacco use and to encourage youth to stay tobacco free.

The Knox County Health Department is working with the Smoke-free Knoxville coalition, the University of Tennessee Greek system and the Youth Health Board to coordinate two local events:

Knox County Youth Health Board Tombstone Demonstration

Members of the Youth Health Board will hold a sobering public display to demonstrate the rate in which people die from tobacco-related illness in the U.S. Students, dressed in black, will lie down in front of a tombstone every 77 seconds. The demonstration will also feature tobacco-related statistics and a booth with information on quitting.

When:  Saturday, March 22 from 1 to 3 p.m.

Where:  Market Square


Smoke-free Knoxville and the University of Tennessee Greek System

Students in UT’s Greek system will participate in a cigarette butt cleanup competition at four area parks in March. Armed with gloves and trash bags, each organization will compete to win trophies and recognition.

 

When & Where: 

  • Friday, March 7 from 3 to 6:30 p.m. at Tyson Park
  • Saturday, March 8 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Lakeshore Park
  • Saturday, March 8 from 2 to 5:30 p.m. at Victor Ashe Park
  • Sunday, March 9 from 1 to 4:30 p.m. at West Hills Park
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Main Clinic
140 Dameron Ave,
Knoxville, TN 37917
865-215-5000

Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm

All KCHD offices and clinics are closed in the morning on the first Wednesday of every month for staff in-service. The main location, 140 Dameron Ave., opens at 10 a.m. The Teague, 405 Dante Rd., and West, 1028 Old Cedar Bluff, locations open at 10:30 a.m.

405 Dante Road
Knoxville, TN 37918
865-215-5500

Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Closed:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
(daily for lunch)

All KCHD offices and clinics are closed in the morning on the first Wednesday of every month for staff in-service. The main location, 140 Dameron Ave., opens at 10 a.m. The Teague, 405 Dante Rd., and West, 1028 Old Cedar Bluff, locations open at 10:30 a.m.

1028 Old Cedar Bluff
Knoxville, TN 37923
865-215-5950

Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm

All KCHD offices and clinics are closed in the morning on the first Wednesday of every month for staff in-service. The main location, 140 Dameron Ave., opens at 10 a.m. The Teague, 405 Dante Rd., and West, 1028 Old Cedar Bluff, locations open at 10:30 a.m.

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