Monday, March 26, 6 to 8 p.m.
PROVO, Utah (March 22, 2012) -- A special Memorial Service will be held on Monday to honor individuals that have passed away from a tobacco related cause. In honor of Kick Butts Day, OUTRAGE (Utah County's anti-tobacco youth group) along with other teen groups will be honoring these individuals at the Utah County Historic Courthouse Rotunda (51 S. University Ave, Provo).
As part of the Service, a Memorial Wall will be displayed with pictures and stories collected from the community. The Memorial Wall will be on display the following week in the Utah County Health and Justice Building (51 S. University Ave, Provo).
"Every 72 seconds, an individual loses their life due to a tobacco related illness," said Sarah Simons, OUTRAGE coordinator. "Everyone knows someone affected by tobacco, it seems like. Even here in Utah."
While Simons admits tobacco use rates are not very high in Utah County, the number of smokers in Utah total more than 200,000 -- including kids under age 18. "Between continuing to change social norms of the acceptability of smoking and the tax hike last year, teen smoking rates have been reduced to 5.9 percent in Utah. We have the goal to see that number drop to zero."
According to the U.S. Surgeon General, each day nearly 4,000 kids try their first cigarette and an additional 1,000 individuals under the age of 18 become daily users. A recent report said that about 3.6 million middle and high school students smoke.
Kick Butts Day is a nationally recognized observance to educate individuals on the dangers related to tobacco products. OUTRAGE is an anti-tobacco youth group sponsored by the Utah County Health Department (UCHD). If you are interested in OUTRAGE's activities or would like to participate, contact Sarah Simons Sarah Simons, OUTRAGE coordinator, at the Utah County Health Department (151 S. University Ave, Suite 2700, Provo) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Utah County Health Department is committed to promoting the health of our community, preventing avoidable disease and injury by monitoring the health of our community, and assuring conditions in which people can be healthy. For information on UCHD programs or services, please visit www.UtahCountyHealth.org or call 801-851-7000. You can also now follow the UCHD on at www.twitter.com/uchd or www.FaceBook.com/uchealth.