Today marks the Inaugural American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network Advocacy Day.
Cancer survivors, volunteers, and staff met with Governor Calvo in an effort to move forward in the steps to strengthen the Natasha Protection Act, Guam’s smoke-free law. The volunteers met with senators to discuss the need for removing exemptions within the Natasha Protection Act, which currently allows for smoking in bars, clubs, hotel rooms, and certain workplaces.
Cancer Action Network Government Relations Director, Cory Chun says that there is no real pending legislation right now but that this is simply start the discussion on issues surrounding cancer on Guam. They are doing this to engage in conversation with the senators to gauge where the administration and legislature stands in this area.
Governor Calvo is in agreement with efforts to make Guam a healthier community and hopes to help in the realm of education and enforcement.
Within today’s meeting Governor Calvo stated, “We don’t want our younger generation to smoke anything; whether it is tobacco, vape or any controlled substance.” He mentioned that public education, and enforcement is important as well as supporting the community in their efforts to overcome addiction.
After meeting with the administration, the advocates of the ACS CAN invited the community to join their group at the legislature to learn more about the strength of public policy when it comes to the burden of cancer on Guam.
And while the exemptions are still in place, the volunteers have hope in their communication with senators as they plan to further Guam’s smoke free environment.