Youth from the program speak to their legislative representative during a Day at the Capitol, sponsored by ClearWay-Minnesota.
On April 8, 2014, ANSR staff and partners had an opportunity to speak with Minnesota Legislators regarding the harms of tobacco at ClearWay’s Tobacco is Still a Problem Day at the Capitol.
ANSR worked with partners from Tartan High School, Rainbow Health Initiative, the Leadership and Advocacy Institute to Advance Minnesota’s Parity for Priority Populations (LAAMPP) group, Breathe Free North (a NorthPoint program) and Vision in Living Life – Change is Possible (an Aurora/St. Anthony Neighborhood Development Corportation program).
Groups met with their various state representatives and senators on two issues. Bills S.F. 2027 and H.F. 1931 incorporate e-cigarettes into the state’s Freedom to Breathe law and also updates youth access laws to regulate the sale of e-cigarettes to minors. Bills S.F. 2125 and H.F. 1966 protect foster care children from secondhand and thirdhand smoke by requiring foster care homes to be smokefree 24/7.
Here’s what the youth had to say about the needed regulations: