Nearly 90% of long-term smokers start before age 18. (CDC)
On May 1, 2018, members of the Phoenixville Area Middle School Teens Against Tobacco Use (TATU) Club traveled to the State Capitol to participate in the American Lung Association’s (ALA) Day At The Capitol.
Day At The Capitol (DATC) is annually sponsored by the ALA in an effort to seek support for more comprehensive clean indoor air legislation and legislative support of well-funded tobacco control programs for Pennsylvania. Phoenixville youth were joined by youth from all parts of the state in order to draw attention to the dangers and costs associated with tobacco use. This year as in 2017, DATC attendees highlighted “Tobacco 21”, calling on the state to raise the legal sales age for tobacco products to 21, as well as increased support to help sustain Master Settlement Agreement funds that support lifesaving tobacco cessation and prevention programs and services throughout Pennsylvania.
Phoenixville TATU/TRU members met with District 157 legislator, Representative Warren Kampf, and Senator Andy Dinniman’s legislative assistant. The youth visited both the Senate and House chambers. In addition, they participated in the tobacco-free activities sponsored by the ALA’s youth advocacy division, Tobacco Resistance Unit (TRU).