The Utah Division took an innovative approach to this year’s AHA Utah Lobby Day. Instead of a traditional daytime event driven by one-on-one meetings with lawmakers, our team hosted a dinner prior to the start of the busy legislative session.
And with support from advocates like you, it was a great success!
Over 120 volunteers and lawmakers attended and learned more about the vaping epidemic and other AHA legislative priorities.
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Herriman High School Vice Principal Stewart Hudnall brought a large box of vaping-related items that he has confiscated from students – enough to cover an entire banquet table!
Youth advocate and former vaper Katie Bertram also spoke about her experience with vaping and the consequences she experienced. In her own words, “It was the flavors that got me started, but it was the nicotine that got me hooked.”
Board President-elect Dr. Dan Cox shared the latest research and science from the AHA about the negative health effects of vaping and Government Relations Director Marc Watterson closed the evening out with an appeal for help from both volunteers and lawmakers to continue to work together to advance the division’s six priorities for the 2020 legislative session.
Whether you were at the event or were unable to join us, there is still time for you to help us in this fight!
The 2020 legislative session started a few days and legislators need to hear from you encouraging them to support legislation that helps protect our children from the dangers of e-cigarettes/vaping.