Show Me PALS is sponsoring a project called “Stand Up Against Tobacco and let our voices be heard.” The organization is gathering notecards across the state and they want to hear from you. Download and print out a card then handwrite a note telling us why you are standing up against tobacco. Our goal is to get 1,180 note cards, to represent the number of lives lost annually in Missouri due to secondhand smoke. The cards will then be shared with local legislators on January 23 during Tobacco Free Missouri’s Capitol Day.
Tobacco costs Missouri lives and dollars. The facts are staggering. Each year:
- 9,362 Missourians die from tobacco-related diseases
- 18 million packs of cigarettes are bought or smoked by Missouri youth
- Each household spends an average of $565 in state and federal tax dollars to cover expenses to the public that have been caused by smoking
- 8,600 Missouri youth will start smoking this year
- 1,180 lives are lost due to secondhand smoke
“It’s bad enough that tobacco is killing thousands of smokers in our state, but the fact that 1,180 people in Missouri are dying every single year due to secondhand smoke is unbearable,” states Alex Higginbotham, vice president of Show Me PALS. “This is just one way for us to show our legislators that we’ve had enough. So stand with us this January and make sure our voices are heard.”
Send in your own card, or better yet, print out cards to bring into local coalition meetings with other health advocates or staff an event booth to ask community members to fill out a card.
Please mail in the completed notecards by December 15th to:
Tobacco Free Missouri
1 Riverbend Place
Washington, MO 63090
For more information contact Joyce Lara, Tobacco Free Missouri, Youth Coordinator at 573-823-3809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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