Quit smoking in honor of Kick Butts Day

Posted by Debra Worley - email

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Roughly 90 percent of adult smokers start smoking before the age of 21, according to the American Lung Association.

In efforts to prevent teenagers from smoking, the American Lung Association in North Carolina offers Not On Tobacco, a 10-session smoking cessation program for high school teens who are likely addicted to nicotine.

The program has a 21 percent success rate and assists teens in making lifestyle changes to help them quit smoking.

The American Lung Association says graduates of the N-O-T program report improved grades, better class attendance, increased self-esteem, better lifestyle choices, and better choices for stress reduction.

Wednesday, March 25, marks Kick Butts Day which is an annual event to raise awareness of the number of youth who smoke tobacco.  The event is sponsored by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.

On Kick Butts Day the American Lung Association has volunteers with knowledge of nicotine addiction visit various schools to speak to students about how difficult it is to quit smoking.

For information on how you can become a volunteer for the New Hanover County N-O-T program, contact Barbara Silver, (910) 202-0840.

If you're trying to quit smoking and need help, call an anonymous hotline, 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-7848-669), for help.

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