The Gifts Coalition in Lynchburg organized Kick Butts Day and held it at E.C. Glass Wednesday.
Organizers say it celebrates youth activism and tells tobacco companies they need to stop targeting kids with their ads.
But the event was not all about smoking; it also emphasized an all-around healthy lifestyle, including good diet and exercise.
Organizer Cheryl Burnette works in pulmonary rehab with people who have smoked all their lives.
“It’s very tough to quite because you start smoking when you are 13 or 14, and you just don’t think you’ll be smoking until you’re 60. Then one day you wake up, and you’ve got emphysema or heart disease, and it’s too late,” said Burnette.
Organizers say tobacco is the number one cause of preventable death in the U.S., killing more than 400,000 people a year.