Student spreads message on Kick Butts Day

Published: Mar. 20, 2019 at 6:58 PM CDT
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Wednesday is national Kick Butts Day and Bismarck students are saying "no" to tobacco.

Kick Butts Day stands against youth smoking and the increase in e-cigarette use. One student in particular is spreading the message at Bismarck's St. Mary's High School.

Erynn Dunnigan says she wants her peers and community to be aware of the dangers posed by big tobacco companies. Dunnigan says her school teamed up with the Public Health department and are handing out coffee sleeves at the school food truck. The sleeves have a few sentences that she hopes will spark a conversation.

“We have a couple of bills at the Capitol right now that were hoping to get passed. Raising the age to 21 is one of them, and as well as our tobacco tax, or tobacco tax hasn't been raised since 1993,” said Dunnigan.

Dunnigan says e-cigarettes seem more prominent among people her age.