Anti-tobacco coalitions to take message to AZ legislators - Tucson News Now

Anti-tobacco coalitions to take message to AZ legislators

By Mary Rinker, Tucson News Now intern

TUCSON, Ariz. (Tucson News Now) – On March 18, morethan 250 students in anti-tobacco coalitions will take their message to statelegislators during their first legislative day at the State Capitol.

The students hope to build on recent anti-tobaccosuccesses including CVS Caremark's decision to no longer stock tobaccoproducts;the drop in youth smoking in Arizona from 20 percent to 14 percent inthe last four years; and the 17 percent statewide adult smokersrate, which is well below the national average of 20 percent, according to a news release.

Efforts pushing tobacco cessation and various otherimprovements in health and wellness are the key goals for these youthcoalitions.

Some students will meet directly with their electedofficials including the Anza Trail Middle School team, who will be meeting withSen. Andrea Dalessandro.

Students are partnering with the Attorney General'sCounter Strike Program; Arizonans Concerned About Smoking; and the Arizonachapters of the American Heart Association, American Lung Association andAmerican Cancer Society Cancer Action Network.

Legislative Day is open to the public from 11 1 p.m.

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