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WHY I SUPPORT TOBACCO-FREE & VAPOR-FREE OUTDOOR SPACES

Hello!  My name is Max and I am a sophomore at Charlottesville High School.  This is my first year in Y Street.  I feel it is important to talk about how tobacco products are the most littered item nationwide. Did you know that 40% of all littered items are tobacco products?[1]  That is a statistic that we need to work to change.  When I go to my local park with family and friends I see cigarette butts, which once or twice may not seem so bad, but when you can’t seem to find any clean space to sit down, it can get a little frustrating.  I like having clean outdoor spaces to enjoy and that is why the Share The Air campaign is so important to me. 

Share The Air promotes tobacco-free and vapor-free outdoor spaces and raises public awareness on the issue.  The campaign is striving to create 100% tobacco-free and e-cigarette-free outdoor public spaces across Virginia, which is a very important goal. The fact that Share The Air is helping with this issue speaks volumes as to why I chose to participate in Y Street.

Overall, I can confidently say that Share The Air has changed my life in many ways, the most important of which is opening my eyes to all the harmful effects of tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke and aerosol.  I look forward to the rest of the year because I have a feeling that change is coming, which is always a good feeling.

To help support this superb effort, please take a minute or two and fill out a message of support here, and be sure to use my Member ID# 18071.


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

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