LAWTON, OK (KSWO) -National Kick Butts Day is celebrated every March.
It was started by the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids. On this day, kids in communities across the nation stand up, speak out and seize control against the tobacco industry because tobacco companies target kids to become their replacement smokers.
Earlier this week, Lawton middle and high schoolers participated in Kick Butts Day by using the social media campaign #IKickButts. They also went to Elmer Thomas Park to do a park clean up.
"Several years ago, the City of Lawton made our parks smoke free and we did some park clean ups. One of the things we talked to them about is all the tobacco waste that is in our parks," Sandy Foster, Healthy Living program director, said.
Foster says even though parks are city property, where tobacco use is not allowed, people still do it.
"We had several people come and tell us, 'Are you allowed to smoke at the parks?' And we would tell them 'no' and they would tell us, 'First off you should see the people who are still smoking in the parks, but you should see all the cigarette butts that are there on the playgrounds,'" Foster said.
Foster hopes this cleanup project will make kids feel empowered to continue to say no to tobacco.
"I just think it's important that we continue to protect our children from this deadly, addictive habit," Foster said.
If you or someone you know needs help quitting, you can call the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW or visit okhelpline.com.
In other health news, March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month and the Cancer Centers of Southwest Oklahoma in Lawton, Duncan and Altus are offering free colon cancer screening kits through the end of the month. Visit any of the three locations to pick yours up or inquire about all of your screening options.