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California State Parent Teacher Association Endorses a “YES” Vote on November Ballot Measure to Protect Kids from Big Tobacco


The California State Parent Teacher Association (California PTA) has officially joined the Campaign to Protect California Kids in urging voters to say “YES” on a November ballot initiative that will protect kids from Big Tobacco.
Carol Green, President of the California PTA, released the following statement:
“We believe that every child deserves to have a healthy place to live, learn, and thrive. That means our students – whether at home or at school – should be free of Big Tobacco’s deceptive marketing practices, aimed at hooking kids on highly-addictive, candy-flavored nicotine products. Our schools have been ground zero for the youth e-cigarette epidemic, where every day we confront the challenge of students who struggle with addiction to nicotine. That’s why the California PTA is proud to stand with a strong coalition of parents and public health leaders in this battle to get Big Tobacco out of our schools and to protect our childrens’ health.”
If the measure passes, a bipartisan and overwhelmingly popular statewide law called SB 793 will finally take effect. The law will end the sale of candy-flavored tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, cheap sweet cigars, and minty-menthol cigarettes, across the state of California.
A strong coalition led by the American Heart Association, American Lung Association, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, African American Tobacco Control Leadership Council, Parents Against Vaping e-cigarettes, and the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is urging a YES vote on the impending referendum to keep our kids safe and healthy.