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4/2/2008-East Texas

Kids Celebrate Texas Tobacco Free Kids Day

Many East Texans participated in an event to encourage students to live tobacco free lives. Wednesday is Texas Tobacco-Free Kids Day and students at schools across East Texas demonstrated on the downtown Tyler square, wore t-shirts, and learned about the awareness of tobacco use and second hand smoke. At various schools 66 teachers and students wore black shirts with tobacco facts on the font and back. The number 66 represents the number of people that die every day in Texas from tobacco related deaths.

Statistics show that 30% of students are affected by secondhand smoke in some way. Ways like asthma, ear infections and other health problems, and in East Texas the rates are even higher.

"Secondhand smoke does affect one million kids in Texas alone. We are trying to get people to realize what they are doing and how it affects not only themselves but other people's health," said Claire Roberts, All Saints Student.

The event was put together with ETCADA, East Texas Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, and the Northeast Texas Public Health District.

Danielle Capper, Reporting.


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