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FSU 'Kick Butts Day' will tackle tobacco with music, food and facts

Kick Butts Day 2012 poster

This month, Kick Butts Day organizers across the nation will encourage students to speak up and take action against tobacco usage. Florida State University will support that national effort with a fun-filled, awareness-raising campus event on Wednesday, March 14, that will feature free food, live music and information aimed at clearing the air.

In addition to food, a live DJ and music from local band Spirits of 44, there will be an array of inflatables that include an obstacle course, bowling and a life-size game of Operation. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held:


10:30 A.M. – 2 P.M.




Kick Butts Day is co-sponsored by Florida State's Thagard Student Health Center and College of Medicine and the Leon County Health Department. Registered FSU student organizations also will be on hand to distribute information and coordinate additional activities.

Throughout the year, Florida State's Breathe Easy initiative works with students, faculty, staff and administrators to strengthen policies that reduce campus tobacco use and exposure to second-hand smoke and educate the campus community about the effects of tobacco on population health.

"I think Breathe Easy is doing a great job of informing students about second-hand smoke and its impact on everyone," said FSU student Tatiana Daguillard. "There's nothing cool about bad breath, smelly clothes and tobacco-stained teeth."

For more information about Florida State's 2012 Kick Butts event or its ongoing Breathe Easy initiative, contact Kevin Frentz of FSU's Thagard Student Health Center at (850) 645-4973 or, or visit the Breathe Easy pages on the Thagard Student Health Center website.

Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States, killing more than 400,000 people every year. Every day, more than 4,000 children and young adults try their first cigarette, while another 1,000 become addicted smokers — one-third of whom will die prematurely as a result.

For additional information, contact Kristin A. Carlton of Thagard Student Health Center at (850) 645-4869 or; or Kevin Frentz of Thagard Student Health Center at (850) 645-4973 or

12 March 2012