Tobacco-free teens “kick butts” during zombie walk at state house

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PROVIDENCE, RI (WLNE)- Teens dressed as zombies at the State House Thursday afternoon to warn the public about the dangers of tobacco and e-cigarette use.

Teens rallied and called on leaders to resist tobacco and vaping industry ads that target youth.

Tobacco use remains the leading cause of premature death in the United States and Rhode Island.

Around 16,000 teenagers alive today in Rhode Island will one day die from smoking-related illnesses, according to the Rhode Island Department of Health.

Kick Butts Day activities are held across the country and sponsored by the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids.

These activities are put together to raise awareness of how tobacco and nicotine use can quickly addict young people, harm brain development, cause chronic disease, disfigure, and kill.

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