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Students at St. Mary's Central High School are extinguishing myths about e-cigarettes in honor of National Kick Butts day. More than 1,000 events promoting tobacco free lifestyles are happening today.

Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), started a day long trivia event on e-cigarettes. Inviting the entire school to participate at the end of the day. Ten winners would be chosen.

SADD started at 8 a.m., challenging students to listen throughout the day. The paper with all the correct answers gets a prize.

"I wanna get more people involved," says sophomore Joseph Bopp. "So, it's more of a competition. I want to see if, like that, what the prize is. give everybody a chance too."

The first 10 students who turn in the correct answers will get the ultimate prize, homemade cookies.
 
But SADD told students nothing more than how to win, and that there was a prize.

"Well mainly, everyone kinda gets the opportunity to get a prize. Learn something about e-cigarettes and the harm they can do," says Whitney Klym of SADD.

"We do have to bring awareness, and we can't say that we don't have students that do that. We hope that we don't. But we don't know for sure. As long as they have the facts, then hopefully, they make the right decision," says SADD advisor Courntey Seiler.

SADD says they changed the day from Kick Butts Day to Kick E-Butts Day because many students think e-cigarettes are safer than regular cigarettes.

"A lot of people I know smoke, and they're trying to quit. And they sort of realized how hard it is," says SADD member Andrew Stromme.  "And if you educate younger ages, people won't start smoking, and you want have to worry about quitting."

Whitney says she joined because this is personal.

"My grandma, she smoked for like 40 years. And then, she finally quit with in the last 10 years of her life," says Klym. "But, I know it strongly affected the later years after she quit. She was struggling."

Research shows annually 600 North Dakotan under 18 become daily smokers and 1,400 will die prematurely from smoking.

St. Mary's wasn't the only Bismarck school to participate. Century and Bismarck High as well as Horizon.

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