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Flash mob will promote Kick Butts Day

Flash mob will promote Kick Butts Day

March 19
22:54 2013

Porschia Paxton / Intern

Today in the University’s Library Mall at 12:30 p.m., UNT will hold its first National Kick Butts Day event to raise awareness about tobacco use featuring a flash mob.

The flash mob will consist of 45 people and one golden retriever named Dakota. UNT students, faculty members, staff from the Student Health and Wellness Center and the Counseling and Testing Center will be participating.

Noelle McIntyre, student services coordinator at the health and wellness center, came up with the idea for a flash mob.

The flash mob is a numbers representation dealing with secondhand smoke, McIntyre said.

McIntyre said every hour 45 people die from secondhand smoke. All the participants in the flash mob will stand still holding signs numbered 1 to 45 for the national event.

“It is to simply raise awareness about secondhand smoke,” said McIntyre, who is allergic to cigarette smoke.

UNT enacted a campus-wide smoking ban on Jan. 1 forbidding students and faculty from smoking tobacco products on campus or UNT property.

To support that movement McIntyre registered online to participate in National Kick Butts Day, which is organized by the Campaign for Tobacco-free kids and sponsored by the United Health Foundation, according to the Kick Butts Day website.

“A lot of schools and groups are participating and doing events much bigger than what we are doing,” McIntyre said.

McIntyre said Dakota is the pet therapy dog that gives comfort to people seeking help in the Wellness Center, and will also have a sign tied to her collar during the event.

Pam Flint, a counselor working at the Counseling and Testing Center, is Dakota’s owner and will also participate in the flash mob.

Kick Butts Day is a day of activism that empowers youth to stand out, speak up and seize control against Big Tobacco at more than 1,000 events across the United States and around the world, according to the event’s website.

The website also said that the event raises awareness of the problem of tobacco use in states and communities by encouraging people to reject the tobacco industry’s deceptive marketing, stay tobacco-free and urge elected officials to take action to protect kids from tobacco.

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free kids is a nonprofit organization “that accepts no government or tobacco industry funding.”

The first Kick Butts Day was held in 1996. Today is the 18th annual Kick Butts Day to be held and it continues to grow according to the Kick Butts Day website.

For more information and for those who want to register an event, go to or visit the Facebook page.

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