Kick Butts Day
Join the AAFP in support of Kick Butts Day, March 21.
The AAFP has joined the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the American College of Physicians to support the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids on Kick Butts Day, a national awareness day to encourage kids and their communities to take action and speak out against tobacco use.
Tobacco companies extensively market to youth, adolescents and young adults, as "replacement smokers" after people who have smoked die of smoking-related disease or illness.
The AAFP and The EveryONE Project are focused on confronting health disparities, and recognize that some populations are more likely to experience negative health outcomes from tobacco use for a variety of reasons:
- More tobacco retailers are found in minority, low-income areas, especially in black and Hispanic neighborhoods.
- Almost half of all cigarettes smoked in the U.S. are smoked by people with mental illness.
- In 2015, cigarette companies spent $8.9 billion on advertising and promotional expenses in the U.S.
- Tobacco companies intentionally create advertisements and sponsor events, parties, promotions and giveaways to aggressively target specific marginalized populations, including the LGBTQ community, African Americans, Native Americans and people with mental illness. This targeted marketing directly contributes to higher rates of tobacco use in these populations.
These communities can benefit from prevention and cessation programs with our support.
How AAFP Member Daron Gersch, MD is "Kicking Butts"
I tell my adolescent patients that if they truly want to be the best in whatever sport, activity, or career they choose, smoking will not help them in any way to achieve those goals.
If a patient has already started smoking and wants to quit, I help them figure out how much they spend per day on smoking, and tell them to put 75% of that amount into a separate account each week once they quit. If they stay smoke free for one year, they can spend that money on whatever they want; if they start smoking again, they donate the money in the account to a charity. I also remind them that smoking is a difficult habit for some people to break, and sometimes it takes multiple attempts. I wish them luck, but if they should slip up, I tell them to come back and see me so we can try again.
The AAFP offers the following tobacco prevention and cessation resources for physicians and patients to help put an end to tobacco use.
Download and use these graphics on Facebook and Twitter (along with the #kickbuttday hashtag) to share how you're kicking butts!