Stand Up to Create Tobacco-Free & Vapor-Free Outdoor Spaces

Hello, my name is Phylisha! I am a freshman at Hopewell High School.  I joined Y Street this school year.  Share The Air is one of Y Street’s campaigns aimed to create 100% tobacco-free and vapor-free outdoor public spaces across Virginia. Share The Air is important to me because as a person who has asthma, we need safe places to breathe.  Youth and adults who have asthma shouldn’t be worried about having an asthma attack in outdoor public areas due to exposure to secondhand smoke and aerosol from vape products.

About 6.2 million children in the U.S. have asthma and approximately 125,000 children in Virginia have asthma.[1]  Secondhand smoke is a common asthma trigger, which can be life-threatening. [2]. When children with asthma are exposed to secondhand smoke they are more likely to have severe asthma attacks.[3]  Tobacco smoke is not only unhealthy for people with asthma, it is unhealthy for everyone to inhale.  All Virginians should be completely safe from exposure to secondhand smoke and aerosol.

Share The Air has influenced me to advocate for clean, healthy, and safe environments in my community.  We all should stand up to create smoke-free, tobacco-free, and vapor-free outdoor public spaces across the commonwealth!

Tell us why you support Share The Air by clicking here to fill out a message of support.  Be sure to use my Member ID# 18008.

[1, 2] Share The Air Campaign. (2019). Share The Air [Fact sheet].  Retrieved from https://sharetheairva.com/

[3] Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. Tobacco Smoke and Asthma. Retrieved from https://www.aafa.org/secondhand-smoke-environmental-tobacco-asthma/#:~:text=Secondhand%20smoke%20can%20trigger%20an,them%20get%20more%20ear%20infections.

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