Youth For Youth Wants to Raise Smoking Age to 21

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Their goal is to lower the amount of tobacco use to lower the rate of cancer heart disease and other tobacco related diseases on Guam.

Guam – They may be high schooler’s, but all the homework and typical high school issues haven’t stopped three “Youth For Youth” officers from pushing to raise the legal smoking age to 21.

 

 

High School juniors Sarah Sahagon Maria Pablo and senior Kiara Arriola are pushing for Bill 141 or the Youth Protection Act. The three want to make Guam a better and safer place for future generations. Their goal is to lower the amount of tobacco use to lower the rate of cancer heart disease and other tobacco related diseases on Guam.

“I think throughout the whole time when we are talking to senators and we’re talking to older people they don’t expect us to talk about these things they are like wait why are you talking about it? And it will get interesting so if we talk about it I think they’ll listen more,” said Sahagon.

“Lately we’ve been meeting with senators we’ve been doing focus groups with our youth like in our offices during our meetings,” said Pablo.

“Studies show that it would only affect the tobacco companies only by three percent,” said Arriola.

Youth for Youth also successfully pushed local lawmakers to raise the drinking age on Guam to 21.