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Students wary of smoking after seeing "jar of tar"

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BCMS students take turns testing their lung capacity Thursday. BCMS students take turns testing their lung capacity Thursday.
ASHLAND, Ky. -
Everyday more than 3,800 persons younger than 18 years of age smoke their first cigarette, that is according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

And one woman is trying to lower the numbers in her state one student at a time. Cathy Anderson, a registered nurse and health educator with the Boyd County Health Department, was at Boyd County Middle School today showing students the painful and disgusting effect of smoking cigarettes.

One of the tools Anderson uses to educate kids is her "jar of tar" to show them what stay in their lungs when they smoke. And it looks like students are receptive to the message. 

"It's very important not to smoke so you can stay alive and keep your lungs safe," sixth-grader Ian Mills said. 

Anderson has been visiting schools all week in response to National Kick Butts Day.