Kids get life-size lesson on tobacco |

Kids get life-size lesson on tobacco

by Caryn Haller

Shannon Litz/The Record-Courier

Instead of Gumdrop Mountains and Candy Castle, members of the Boys & Girls Club of Carson Valley navigated through Mt. Killa-Man-Tar-O, Chemical Cave, Tiki Lung Lounge and Grossmouth Gorge.

As part of National Kick Butts Day on Wednesday, the Students Taking on Prevention educated more than 90 club members about the harmful effects of tobacco through a life-size board game Hakuna-No-Butt-A.

“We knew we wanted to have an activity for Kick Butts Day where the kids have fun and are still learning,” STOP President Jennie Stokes said. “The goal is to learn more about why tobacco is so bad.”

Based on the game Candy Land, players rolled giant dice to travel across the board through the different stations where they learned a different consequence of using tobacco.

At the Tiki Lung Lounge players were shown the difference between a smoker’s lung and a healthy lung.

“It was creative to use pig lungs because they are identical to our lungs. I don’t want my lungs to turn black,” 12-year-old Jaden Wright said. “I learned a lot about tobacco. Smoking is not cool.”

Hailey Hughes, 12, said she enjoyed exploring Chemical Cave the most.

“It was fun going through Chemical Cave. I learned all about the chemicals that are in cigarettes. There are about 4,000,” Hailey said. “The game was a lot more fun than them reading off a piece of paper.”

Mt. Killa-Man-Tar-O showed players how much tar builds up in the lungs after smoking one pack a day for one year, and Grossmouth Gorge educated the players about what tobacco does to the mouth.

Connor Hightower said playing Hakuna-No-Butt-A made a difference in the way he viewed smoking.

“ I enjoyed that we actually got to learn about tobacco. I think in the future there won’t be very many people smoking because of this,” the 11-year-old said. “It’s really bad and unhealthy for you. You should stay away from people who are smoking. I’d rather have a normal lung.”

Students Taking on Prevention also spoke at the Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce luncheon Wednesday, where vice president Breanna Taylor told chamber members that Kick Butts Day, “proved that kids are a powerful voice against big tobacco.”

For more information, call the Partnership of Community Resources at 782-8611, or email