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By Iris Campbell

Kick Butts Day, Wednesday, April 2 is sponsored by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. It is a way to get the attention of fellow citizens, raise awareness about the harmful effects of tobacco, and inform about the Texas state laws. Minors in possession of tobacco products can be fined up to $500, made to attend tobacco awareness classes, and to perform community service. They can lose their drivers license for 180 days.

In celebration of this day, San Marcos High School hosted a “carnival” in the courtyard for its students. There were plenty of snow cones, a pie throw, a smoke-free wall to sign, and much more. While the students were enjoying the day, there were also many informative posters around campus for them to stop and read as well as smoke free bracelets, pencils, stickers, and more.

This event— that encourages smoke-free living— was sponsored by T.E.A.M., Teens Educating, Advocating, and Mentoring teens about the harmful effects of tobacco use. This group is a small organization that plans activities year round. It tries hard to keep students aware of the harmful effects of smoking/ tobacco use. Thanks to their hard work, Kick Butts Day was a success, and they helped to educate the students at San Marcos High School by getting them involved in smoke-free events.

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