Steamboat students take part in Kick Butts Day |

Steamboat students take part in Kick Butts Day

— Steamboat Springs students joined other students from across the country Wednesday to learn about the dangers of tobacco during Kick Butts Day.

"It's a day for kids to speak out against the tobacco industry," said Victoria Barron, the community health educator with the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association.

Barron coordinated the local events that took place during the lunch hour at the four Steamboat schools.

According to the Kick Butts Day organization, each day, about 4,000 children younger than 18 try smoking for the first time and another 1,000 become regular smokers. Secondhand smoke causes more than 1 million illnesses in children, according to the organization.

As part of the local campaign, 10 community leaders judged a poster contest that tasked students with designing a poster to reflect the theme of, "What can I do to make the world tobacco free?"

The grand prize poster contest winners from the schools were Izzy Mumm at Steamboat Springs High School, Brandon Temple at Steamboat Springs Middle School, Cole Puckett at Strawberry Park Elementary School and Tia Cavanaugh at Soda Creek Elementary School.

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Barron said 173 students participated in the poster contest and 300 Routt County students received tobacco education during March.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247 or email

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