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KUSA - Kids in Colorado and across the nation are joining together Wednesday to take a stand against teen tobacco use.

On the 18thAnnual Kick Butts Day, the group will demand that tobacco companies stop marketing to children and encourage elected officials to do more to protect them from these lethal products.

There are several events planned in the Colorado area, including the following:

  • The Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver will host a rally near the state capitol to showcase the number of Coloradans who die from tobacco each year and to raise awareness of the dangers of smoking. Location: Outside Denver Art Museum and Central Library, 10-100 W. 14th Avenue, Denver. Contact: Austin Collins (720) 243-2314.
  • Students at Dove Creek High and Middle School will host a variety of Kick Butts Day events throughout the week, including a door decorating contest, a visual display of data on the harmful effects of tobacco use and an information booth that will display a "Mr. Gross Mouth" and smokers' lungs. Location: 525 N. Main Street, Dove Creek. Contact: Kristy Chadd (970) 739-8874.
  • National Art Honor Society students at Lakewood High School will create and display various forms of art to raise awareness about the problem of tobacco in the community. Students will vote on the best pieces and the top three will be displayed in high-traffic locations throughout the community. Location: 9700 W. 8th Avenue, Lakewood. Contact: Nicole Swaggerty, 303-239-7007.

On Kick Butts Day, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is releasing a new report warning parents about the latest tobacco products and marketing tactics that target kids.

In Colorado, the group says 15.7 percent of high school students smoke cigarettes and 5,300 kids become new daily smokers each year. Nationally, 18.1 percent of high school students smoke.

To learn more about the campaign against smoking, visit www.kickbuttsday.org