Basketball Tournament Brings Awareness To Harms Of Tobacco Use
3/23/2013 (Updated 10:52:56 PM)Shooting hoops to kick butts, that was the mission Saturday at the Boys and Girls Club of Binghamton.
Wednesday marked National Kick Butts Day- a day which brings awareness to the problems of tobacco use. In honor of the day, over 1000 kids from across the county came out to compete in a three-on-three basketball tournament. In order to enter the tournament, kids in grades fifth through twelth had to create a tobacco marketing message they don't agree with.
"The statistics show a lot of adult smokers started when they were teenagers, which is interesting. A lot of people that I ask, I'm like 'ok, that makes' sense because that's when you're targeted and it's a lot of peer pressure and the kids start smoking and it's hard to quit," said Cara Zampi, community educator.
An estimated $196 million is spent each year on tobacco marketing in New York.
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