Hi, my name is Hailey Auster and in September I will be in 6th grade at Van Antwerp Middle School in Niskayuna, NY.
I believe the quest for health in New York State is very important and on July 5th, I testified before the Schenectady County Legislature to support increasing the tobacco purchase age to 21. I think it’s important that lawmakers hear the opinion of people from a different generation when deciding what laws to pass. I also believe that adolescents still have a lot to learn about drug awareness and by age 21, when their school career is almost finished, they can make a more educated decision about using tobacco. After my Tobacco 21 testimony, I was excited to be featured on the local news – they even spelled my name correctly and used my tagline: Smoking Upsets Your Health and Not Smoking Sets Up Your Health.
The American Heart Association, I think, is really important to the State of New York because they teach people CPR and help keep kids from smoking! I am proud to be an AHA advocate!