Kids 'Kick Butts'

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By Arin McKenna

Parents may not want their kids “kicking butt,” but Kicking Butts is another matter entirely.
Kicking Butts is a weeklong event at Los Alamos middle and high schools (March 17–21) aimed at encouraging nicotine-free kids.
It revolves around the national Kick Butts Day on March 19, sponsored by the United Health Foundation (kickbuttsday.org).
Bernadette Lauritzen, a prevention specialist with the school system, stresses that despite the name, the campaign not just about cigarettes.
“Kick Butts may be about cigarette butts, but we’re really trying to encompass an educational piece about the fact that e-cigarettes (electronic cigarettes) are not acceptable from a prevention perspective as well,” Lauritzen said.
“People will say, ‘I don’t do tobacco.’ E-cigarettes are really still just as terrible a thing to start and are equally as detrimental. So while you’re not smoking and getting all that tar, just the nicotine jolt by itself is not a good thing.”
In fact, the highlight of the week will be when Robotics Club team member Evan Solms attempts the demolition of an e-cigarette with a robotic unit.

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