March 2019

ITAT Kicks Butts

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ITAT posted these signs and others like them in the  restrooms. 


ITAT kicks butts! 

This month, our island teens at participated in Kick Butts week. They placed 'No Vape' signs in their school restrooms. They also wrote tobacco facts and information on clothing that they hung from clotheslines in the common areas in their school. A shirt hung at the center of line that said "We are airing Big Tobaccos dirty laundry". Later in the Kick Butts week, our island teens set up a table for their peers in the common area and educated them on the dangers of tobacco and vape products. ITAT had a petition to ban several flavors from tobacco/nicotine products and collected signatures from their classmates.  

ITAT partners with POP (People of the Pacific) to celebrate Kick Butts Week


Our island teens partnered with the POP (People of the Pacific) class to celebrate Kick Butts week. They performed cultural songs and dances and shared their talents  at a multicultural night for parents and peers in their community. They shared tobacco facts with the audience and informed them about Kick Butts week. 


-The first Kick Butts day was held in 1996

-Every day, more than 3,000 kids under 18 try smoking for the first time and 700 kids become new regular, daily smokers

-Kick butts purpose is to raise awareness about the tobacco problem, encourage peers to be tobacco-free and support effective solutions to reduce tobacco use

-Tobacco use is the #1 preventable cause of disease, disability, death in the U.S.

-95% of adults smokers start smoking before the age of 21

-$897.6 million are spent annually on medical expenses and lost productivity due to tobacco use in Utah

-75% of current smokers ages 15-17 report obtaining cigarettes from friends and classmates

-84% of teens admitted they would not use electronic tobacco products if they were not flavored

--70,000 Utah teens have tried electronic tobacco products

(Utah DOH,


-30.3 million Americans have diabetes

-84 million Americans have prediabetes

-Diabetes can lead to heart disease, kidney failure, blindness, and amputation

-The rate of diabetes in children in Utah is increasing every year


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