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Youth to ‘Kick Butts’ Wednesday

Ashley Hawkins, 10, takes notes during an antismoking discussion at the Robins Youth Center. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tommie Horton)

Ashley Hawkins, 10, takes notes during an antismoking discussion at the Robins Youth Center. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tommie Horton)

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. -- A tobacco habit can be hard to break.

For more than 10 years, the Robins Youth Center has hosted 'Kick Butts,' a national campaign aimed at educating people about the dangers of tobacco.

Kravis Lane, youth center school-age lead program assistant, said the 2016 project will be a wall collage illustrating tobacco's negative impacts to mark National Kick Butts Day Wednesday.

"Our school-age youth will create a wall collage which will include the tobacco company's 'DIRTY LAUNDRY,' a youth inspired graffiti wall and a display of the youth's dreams   called, 'I Am Not A Replace-ment,'" she said.  

Robins' youth have collected information on the dangers of tobacco use from various resources for the collage.

Lane said creating the project lets youth express their take on tobacco use.

"With the Kick Butts platform, the youth are aware of the cause and effects of tobacco use," she said. "Kick Butts gives the youth of today an outlet to share their opinions and know that they'll be heard."

As the event progresses, Lane said the youth will add additional information, including pictures and a small description.

"This is a group effort," she said. "We've made sure that all the youth are involved in some way, shape or form."

For more information on the KICK BUTTS day worldwide event, visit www.KICKBUTTSDAY.org, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter Kick Butts Day 2016. To learn more, call the Youth Center at 478-926-2110.