Tobacco-Free & Vapor-Free Outdoor Environments Creates Healthier Communities

Hi, my name is Ella and I am a sophomore at Charlottesville High School.  This is my first year in Y Street!  Share The Air is an extremely important campaign to me.  There are so many facts about smoking that had not really come to my attention before joining Y Street.  For example, did you know that someone exposed to secondhand aerosol smoke produced by the exhaled particles from electronic cigarettes could be exposed to particles similar in size to tobacco smoke and diesel engine smoke?[1]

On a more personal note, something that I really enjoy doing is babysitting.  Earlier in the year, I had a routine with a neighborhood family where I would babysit their son for about 2 hours every Friday.  He loved to go to the park, so that’s what we would often do.  It’s extremely shocking to think that we could have been exposed to secondhand smoke and aerosol. 

With Share The Air and all of the incredible Y-Sters, I believe that we can really make a difference in our communities by advocating for voluntary policies to create 100% tobacco-free and e-cigarette-free outdoor public places across Virginia.  Hopefully, this would not only decrease the number of people using tobacco and electronic cigarettes but also help to make outdoor activities and family experiences more enjoyable.

To show your support for Share The Air, click here to fill out a message of support, and be sure to use my Member ID# →18070.

Thanks so much for reading!

[1] Share The Air Campaign. (2019). Share The Air [Fact sheet].  Retrieved from https://sharetheairva.com/

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