CACY's Participates In Kick Butts With Art Day

  • 3/15/2017 7:58:23 PM
  • Kelly Stobie
  • Local News

MANSFIELD, OH - CACY participated in the National Kick Butts Day on March 15th. This was the day of activism to encourage youth to reject tobacco industry 's marketing and to stay tobacco-free. The day is organized by the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids and sponsored by the United Health Foundation.

CACY mobilized and raised awareness about the dangers of tobacco use in Richland County with a "Kick Butts with Art" Show on Wednesday, March 15th at 5:00 PM at the Mansfield Art Center. The event was open to the public and free admission. The art show showcased over 60 artists in the 3rd through 12th grade, whose works were done on an 8" by 10" canvas. Schools and programs represented included Lucas, Clear Fork, Crestview, Shelby, Mansfield, Madison, Plymouth-Shiloh, Ontario, St. Peter's Schools, and Mid-Ohio Futures Program.

Gift certificates were given to the top three art selections in 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, and high school age groups. Youth judges from Richland County and members of the CACY Board of Trustees selected winners for each age division based on creativity and adherence to the anti-tobacco theme.

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CACY’s “Kick Butts with Art” Show Held March 15th

CACY participated in the National Kick Butts Day on March 15, 2017. This was the day of activism to encourage youth to reject tobacco industry’s marketing and to stay tobacco-free. The day is organized by the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids and sponsored by the United Health Foundation.

CACY mobilized and raised awareness about the dangers of tobacco use in Richland County with a “Kick Butts with Art” Show on Wednesday March 15, 2017 from 5:00-6:00pm at the Mansfield Art Center, 700 Marion Ave. in Mansfield, Ohio. The event was open to the public and free admission. The art show showcased over 60 artistic works on 8” by 10” canvas of CACY participating students in 3rd- 12th grades. Schools and programs represented included Lucas, Clear Fork, Crestview, Shelby, Mansfield, Madison, Plymouth-Shiloh, Ontario, St. Peter’s Schools and Mid-Ohio Futures Program. Gift certificates were given to the top three art selections in 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th-12th grades. Honorable mention certificates were also given. Youth judges from Richland County and members of the CACY Board of Trustees selected winners for each age division based on creativity and adherence to the anti-tobacco theme.

Nationally, the Kick Butts Day program has been in existence since 1996. 2017 is CACY’s 6th year to sponsor the art show.

Tobacco, which includes cigarettes, cigars, snus, chewing tobacco or snuff, use is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States, imposing a horrendous toll in health, lives and dollars on families, businesses and government. Tobacco kills nearly 6 million people a year and accounts for one in 10 deaths among adults. Secondhand smoke kills more than 600,000 people worldwide each year, including 165,000 children. Tobacco use costs the world an estimated $500 billion each year in health care expenditures, productivity losses, fire damage and other costs.

The tobacco industry spends $8.8 billion in marketing nationwide. An estimated $425.7 million is spent on tobacco marketing in Ohio alone. One-third of underage experimentation with smoking is attributed to tobacco company advertising.

CACY’s mission is to provide education to prevent substance abuse, bullying and problem gambling in youth and to promote a safe and healthy community for all ages. Questions concerning prevention services call CACY at 419-774-5683 Monday through Friday or visit www.cacyohio.org.

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