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Tama County students “kick (cigarette) butts”

April 1, 2009
From Rudy Papakee, Tama County Tobacco Coalition Coordinator


On Wednesday, March 25, Tama County area students, in collaboration with the Tama County Tobacco Coalition and the Native American Tobacco Coalition of Iowa, participated with thousands of other students across the country in national Kick Butts Day (

Kick Butts Day is part of the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids' annual celebration of youth advocacy, leadership and activism where they empower youth to "Stand out...speak up and seize control against big tobacco."

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South Tama High School students who are members of TATU (Teens Against Tobacco Use) were on hand at the Elementary School to point out the dangers of tobacco use to younger students last Wednesday. They include (l-r) Morgan Herriott, Alexa Rohach, Kyle Benda, Courtney Svacina, Caitlyn Boldt, Amanda Albertsen, Ashley Kruse, Lauren Benda, Ashley Dvorak, Danielle Bidwell and Jade Seymour. A second TATU group was at the South Tama Middle School. News-Herald/John Speer

Luckily for Tama County, there were some area students who were up for the challenge. These local students from North and South Tama, the Iowa Juvenile home - State Training School for Girls and the Meskwaki Settlement School all participated in their own events to highlight the day.

STC high school students presented information and provided hand outs to students at the elementary and middle schools over the lunch hour. TheIJH-Trianing School Toledo had some of their students involved by going around the Tama-Toledo area picking up cigarette butts.

Meskwaki Settlement School held a walk, balloon release, and assembly for the students. All Kick Butts Day events within each school were a great success.

North Tama took the initiative to go around Traer and pick up trash and collect cigarette butts people have discarded

This year, Kick Butts Day is raising awareness about continued tobacco marketing to kids and the need for Congress to crack down on these harmful practices by passing legislation granting the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authority to regulate tobacco products. In Iowa, tobacco use claims 4,400 lives and costs the state $1.01 billion in health care bills a year, and 18.9 percent of high school students smoke.

For more information, or to become part of the Tama County Tobacco Coalition, contact Rudy Papakee at 641-484-2703 or



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