Youngsters will learn about the dangers of tobacco at a special carnival to celebrate Kick Butts Day at the fairgrounds Wednesday.

The carnival, sponsored by the Del Norte County Department of Health and Human Services and the Tobacco Use Prevention Program, will feature a photo booth, relay races and a “tar jar” station.

The carnival is one of more than 1,000 events planned across the country that are sponsored by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, according to an organization press release.

This year, Kick Butts Day is focused on the progress made in reducing youth smoking. Since 2000, the national smoking rate among high school students has fallen from 28 percent in 2000 to 8 percent in 2016, according to the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.

Tobacco use kills more than 480,000 people in the United States and costs about $170 billion in health care expenses each year, according to the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. In California, tobacco use claims 40,000 lives and costs $13.29 billion in health care bills each year. Currently, 4.3 percent of California’s high school students smoke.

The event will be held at 4 p.m. at the Del Norte County Fairgrounds, 421 U.S. 101 in Crescent City. For more information, call Amber Wier at (707) 951-2914.

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