Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids
Congratulations, Show-Me PALS! Members of Missouri’s Show-Me PALS (People Advocating Living Smoke-free) Youth Advisory Board have been named Youth Advocates of the Year by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. The organization recognized Madison Kellums, 16, of Arbyrd; Daniel Giuffra, 17, of Chesterfield; and Becky Bade, 15, and Alyssa Bradley, 15, of New Bloomfield for their leadership in the fight against tobacco. They will be honored with the national Group Award at a gala in the nation’s capital on May 2nd, along with a national winner, four regional winners, and military winner, Alex Higginbotham. Read more about the group award
Higginbotham, 16 of Odessa, is also being honored by Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids with its military award. As Show Me-PALS Vice President Higginbotham will be presented with the 2013 Joining Forces Award for Youth Advocacy. In 2011, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids announced a partnership with Joining Forces, the White House initiative to support military families and improve the health of active-duty personnel, their families and veterans. Its wellness component includes tobacco prevention and cessation, two keys to reducing the debilitating disease and death caused by tobacco and preventing the children of military personnel from starting to smoke. Read more
Show Me PALS Youth Advisory Board Member Daniel Giuffra was recently honored by ACT Missouri – Missouri Youth/Adult Advocacy Alliance with its 2013 Outstanding Youth Award. Giuffra attends Mary Institute Country Day School in St. Louis County and is a member of the Missouri Show-Me PALS (People Advocating Living Smoke-free) Youth Advisory Board. Giuffra, one of three Show Me PALS YAB members honored with this award, was recently featured in the Suburban Journals of St. Louis Today.
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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 email@example.com.
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