April 18 was the Raise It For Health Coalition Day at the Capitol. Minnesota advocates gathered in St. Paul to lobby legislators to increase the tobacco tax. Despite the lovely weather, we had a great turnout and amazing, positive energy throughout the day. We had over 200 people in attendance—demonstrating that hardy Minnesotans will NOT be deterred by a little rain, freezing ice pellets, and several inches of snow to top it off!
Young volunteers greeted Governor Mark Dayton in the Capitol Rotunda with a banner thanking him for increasing the tobacco tax and choosing kids over the tobacco industry (photo).
Bobby Z, drummer for Prince and the Revolution, heart attack survivor, You’re the Cure advocate, and literally AHA’s rock star volunteer, spoke after the governor to a packed room in the Rotunda. He got the crowd energized and ready to go ask lawmakers to increase the price of tobacco (photo).
It’s not too late for you to weigh in on this issue. Take action now and ask your friends to do the same! Legislators are getting the message that NOW IS THE TIME to increase the price of tobacco in Minnesota. But they need to hear from you!