AJR 29

Youth Smoking Prevention and Awareness Month

NJEA supports AJR-50 (Wimberly, Conaway, Vainieri Huttle, Holley) which designates May of each year as “Youth Smoking Prevention and Awareness Month.”

The facts are clear and well known to all.  Nicotine is a highly addictive drug and ninety percent of smokers start by the age of 18, with teenagers being particularly susceptible to forming this habit.  Tobacco habits cost state taxpayers billions of dollars each year in Medicaid and other health care expenses, and imposes enormous costs on families and businesses.

State and local governments have been in the forefront of the drive to reduce tobacco use.  Creating awareness by making May “Youth Smoking Prevention and Awareness Month,” is one way to raise awareness.  Resources are needed to fight this addiction in our schools, through social media, on the airwaves and in our communities.

We want educators to serve as a resource, as well as to encourage young people to take the initiative on this issue.

NJEA urges you to vote “yes.”  

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