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What You Need To See Because Our Kids Have Seen Enough Tobacco Already

No one really knows that I wear prescription glasses to correct my vision. It's one of those little family secrets, hidden in the darkness of dimly lit movie theaters where I'm not very likely to be seen or capable of seeing the images on the screen. I'm oddly embarrassed by my need for wearing glasses in order to help me to see clearly. Sadly, there's no shame in our kids being able to clearly see targeted tobacco products and advertising campaigns. No shame. No embarrassment. There's a blatant attack on the innocence and integrity of our children. As a parent, protecting the outside influences surrounding my family, I reaching out to you for your help. Enough is enough. Passionately, I'm sharing with my community what you need to see because our kids have seen enough tobacco already.

This post was sponsored by Tobacco Free New York State as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

-Have you seen the statistic quoting the average age of a new smoker in New York State is 13 years old?
-Have you seen the figures calculating from 2014-2018 e-cigarette use grew 160% among high school students?
-Have you seen evidence that our kids have seen enough tobacco already?

Each day our kids are awakening to a new day filled with unlimited potential for wonderous opportunities. Encouraging our kids to achieve the very best in life is an essential part of the responsibilities of parenting. Demonstrating a clear lack of concern for minors, the tobacco industry has infringed upon our parenting principle with their unhealthy product placement and availability coming in direct contact with our children. This is unacceptable. I'm not okay with this invasion upon the lifestyle of our family and so many families within our communities.

Now is the time for us to take action to protect kids from  exposure to tobacco products and advertisements in stores we support as consumers. Here's what you need to see from Seen Enough Tobacco campaign from Tobacco Free New York State-

- How You Can Get Involved 
"It's easy to see that tobacco marketing to youth is a problem in New York State – and beyond. Fortunately, it’s even easier to get involved and help make an impact on the future of our state and the health of its next generation."
- Where to Sign the Seen Enough Tobacco Pledge
"If you agree that our kids have seen enough, it’s time to take action and stand up to Big Tobacco by pledging your support. Together, we can make New York a healthier place to live, work and play.
Over 25,000 community members have pledged their support to get tobacco out of sight in stores! Join them by signing the pledge today."

- Who Are Your Local Supporting Partners
"Big changes start on a local level. Our network of statewide contractors, which is funded by the New York State Department of Health Tobacco Control Program, fosters community engagement to work on the local level toward a tobacco-free New York State. Select your county to find contact information for your local Advancing Tobacco Free Communities partners and see how you can help."

Raising my kids, I've become increasingly aware of the environmental factors influencing the circumstances in which they develop. Childhood memories of running errands, which included being asked to purchase cigarettes from our neighborhood store to bring home. I couldn't possibly imagine any of my children being placed in the vulnerable position of being exposed to underage tobacco sales or marketing promotions negatively influencing the health and well-being of our communities.

We have all Seen Enough Tobacco. Share these additional resources with family and friends who need to see this information-

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