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Health Department of Northwest Michigan
serving Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, and Otsego Counties
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Charlevoix County Peer-2-Peer members encourage smokers to “Kick Butts”
Kick Butts Day is Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Members of the substance abuse prevention group Peer-2-Peer from Boyne Falls Public School and Charlevoix High School are reminding smokers of all ages that resources are available for free to help them “kick butts” in conjunction with Kick Butts Day on Wednesday, April 2, 2008. Kick Butts Day is a national day of activism that empowers youth from coast-to-coast to speak up and take action against tobacco use.

“Peer-2-Peer students learned how difficult quitting smoking can be when they were trained in the Teens Against Tobacco Use (TATU) program,” said Kristin Maufort, Substance Abuse Specialist who coordinates the Charlevoix County Peer-2-Peer programs. “We want smokers to know there are a lot of free resources to help them quit,” added Karrine Smolenyak, a 9th grader and member of Peer-2-Peer at Charlevoix High School.

When searching the web for information about tobacco use and quitting, Maufort cautions smokers to visit authoritative web sites like those from the American Cancer Society (, American Heart Association (, and Centers for Disease Control & Prevention ( “When it comes to quitting smoking, there are a lot of unproven methods,” she said. “Quitting smoking is hard enough without wasting time on strategies that do not work.”

The Health Department of Northwest Michigan is mandated by the Michigan Public Health Code to promote wellness, prevent disease, provide quality healthcare, address health problems of vulnerable populations, and protect the environment for the residents and visitors of Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, and Otsego counties. For more information about quitting smoking, contact Teresa Sington, Tobacco Control Program Coordinator at 231-533-1012 or visit or