- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 19, 2014

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Oklahoma children are being urged by health officials to take part in a national effort to speak out against youth tobacco use.

More than 25 events are planned in Oklahoma Wednesday - the so-called Kick Butts Day - to raise awareness about tobacco use among children.

Health officials estimate that every day, more than 3,200 American youth under the age of 18 smoke their first cigarette, while another 2,100 who are occasional smokers become daily smokers.

An event planned in Tulsa includes students drawing 16 chalk outlines of bodies to represent the number of Oklahomans who health officials say die each day from tobacco-related causes.

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