OMAHA, Neb. —Wednesday is National Kick Butts Day, a day of activism that empowers young people to speak up to tobacco companies.
About 13 percent of Nebraska high school students smoke on a regular basis, according to the state Department of Health and Human Services.
That is higher than the national average of 10 percent.
Organizers of Wednesday’s anti-smoking rally said that number is too high.
Nebraska’s youth-led tobacco prevention movement “No Limits” is planning a rally at the state capitol.
Planning for the rally started months ago and is encouraging people between 12 and 18 to participate.
About 80 young adults will march through downtown Lincoln at 9:45 a.m., with a rally on the capitol steps at 10:30 a.m.
Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States and organizers hope the event will sway some people to quit or keep people from smoking at all.