Kids in Delaware will unite against tobacco use on March 21 as they join thousands of young people nationwide to mark Kick Butts Day.

More than 1,000 events are planned across the U.S. for this annual day of youth activism, sponsored by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. On Kick Butts Day, kids encourage their peers to be tobacco-free, reject tobacco companies’ marketing and urge elected officials to help make the next generation tobacco-free.

Kick Butts Day is focusing attention on the progress the U.S. has made in reducing youth smoking and the actions needed to create the first tobacco-free generation. Since 2000, the national smoking rate among high school students has fallen by 71 percent — from 28 percent in 2000 to 8 percent in 2016. However, the fight against tobacco is far from over:

On Kick Butts Day, kids and health advocates are calling on elected officials to implement proven strategies that make up a “roadmap to a tobacco-free generation.” These strategies include tobacco tax increases, comprehensive smoke-free laws, raising the tobacco sale age to 21, well-funded tobacco prevention programs and banning the sale of flavored tobacco products.

For a full list of Kick Butts Day activities in Delaware, visit