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Pikeview students "Kick Butts", advocating against tobacco products




PRINCETON, W. Va (WVVA)-- Students marched to the Mercer County Courthouse and picketed for tobacco awareness today.

It's part of the annual "Kick Butts" Day, dedicated to activism and education about the harmful effects of tobacco.

Nearly 50 Pikeview High School students partnered with the Southern Coalfields Tobacco Prevention Network, and the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids for the event, to encourage the community to say "no" to tobacco.

These students participate in RAZE, a statewide youth anti-tobacco movement, and Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) at Pikeview. 

Zachary Alvis, a RAZE leader at the school, told WVVA "Kick Butts" is all with health in mind.

"We want everybody to know how much we dislike tobacco products," he said, "And how harmful they are. I've had... a lot of friends who have gotten cancer and different kinds of diseases from tobacco products and we don't want to see it happen to anyone else."

Students also held signs asking the community to support businesses like CVS that refuse to sell tobacco products.

According to the CDC, nearly 18% of all high school students in the US are current smokers. 

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