Thanks to a partnership between the American Cancer Society and the Rockford School District, students around the city are learning that "smoke-free is the way to be."
Over 2,000 students at 29 schools will participate in the "Day by Day we are Learning to be Smoke-free" program this week. The events coordinate with the American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout, which will be Thursday.
Students at King Elementary School participated in the program on Tuesday. They learned what's in tobacco products and about the long-term effects of smoking, all in an effort to keep them from ever lighting up.
According to the American Cancer Society, about 4,000 kids under the age of 18 try their first cigarette every day, and an additional 1,000 become regular smokers.
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