Middle school students take a stand against tobacco

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) -- An area health department said one in three kids will die early, because they become regular smokers.

The La Crosse County Health Department has teamed up with middle school students from the La Crosse Design Institute to raise awareness about the dangers of tobacco.

It’s part of a national movement called Kick Butts Day, which empowers youth to take a stand against tobacco.

Students have made YouTube videos to allow others to learn about tobacco and the tobacco industry.

The videos will be presented at a Red Carpet Premiere Thursday night.

“I want my community to know that smoking is bad for you, and it can take a lot of people’s lives, and a lot of teens are getting into this, and I think we need to put a stop to this right away,” said La Crosse Design Institute 8th grader Danteja Williams.

The Red Carpet Premiere is Thursday night from 6:00 to 8:30 at Central High School in La Crosse.

Doors open at 5:30.

The event is free, but you’re encouraged to bring non-perishable food donations.

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