What were You're the Cure advocates doing at Maine's Go Red Luncheon?
hero_image_alt_text===An image of our networkers at the Go Red for Women luncheon.
thumbnail_alt_text===An image of our networkers at the Go Red for Women luncheon.
You know what? Mainers are a hardy bunch. I know this is not surprising to most of you, but I sort of doubt that any other state can successfully pull off a HUGE sold out event, with 600 people, an auction, awards, information sessions and vendors on a rescheduled snow day. When the annual Go Red For Women Luncheon was snowed out (it was really a blizzard, otherwise we would have put on our Bean boots and had it as scheduled) our amazing volunteers and supporters rallied. We had an amazing sea of red.
Maine AHA advocacy volunteers showed up and educated the attendees about the ubiquitous Juul e-cigarettes. These nicotine-laden, addiction-creating devices are showing up in middle and high schools across the state. Our volunteers found that the adults at the event fell into 2 camps. Those who had never seen these devices before and those who already knew they were EVERYWHERE in schools. They spoke of entire basketball teams using, of kids as young as 12 caught with these in their book bags. They wondered aloud why the state was not doing ANYTHING to stop it.
Our amazing volunteers, armed with petitions, educated attendees and asked them to talk to their legislators. Remember, the legislature made very deep cuts to Maine's tobacco prevention program last year. If they had not made these devastating cuts, maybe we would not have heard so many stories of kids who thought these were safe and now can't stop using.
If you want to sign or circulate the petitions or get more information, reach out to me at Becky.Smith@heart.org.