|Posted:||February 6, 2018 10:11 AM|
|From:||Representative Carol Hill-Evans|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Resolution Designating March 21, 2018, as “Kick Butts Day” in Pennsylvania|
|In the near future, I will be introducing a resolution designating March 21, 2018, as "Kick Butts Day" in Pennsylvania.
Currently, in the United States more than 16 million individuals suffer from a disease caused by tobacco use. As the leading cause of preventable death in the United States, which accounts for more than 480,000 deaths annually, smoking increases the health risks associated with many illnesses, including cancer, stroke and heart disease.
Despite the progress that has been made with the utilization of tobacco education and cessation programs, smoking among American youth remains prevalent in our nation. It is estimated that each day approximately 3,200 children in the United States try their first cigarette, and an additional 2,100 children become new regular daily smokers. In addition, studies have shown that children are more likely to be influenced by tobacco advertising than adults, with one-third of underage smoking being attributed to tobacco promotion. It is estimated that the tobacco industry spends $8.9 billion annually – or $24 million each day – to market their products nationwide, with much of that marketing aimed at children.
In an effort to raise greater awareness about the adverse effects of smoking, I ask that you please consider joining me by co-sponsoring this important resolution.
Introduced as HR709