We are so grateful to the organizations and businesses that support No Minor Sale and want to stop the illegal sale of tobacco products to minors! With the help of local organizations, we can build awareness around the issue of illegal tobacco sales, while protecting our kids from the dangers of tobacco products.
Evolvement students throughout the state are leading the way by presenting to organizations and asking them to sign on as partners of the campaign. Senior, Jenelle Torress from Miyamura High School presented to the Kiwanis Club of Gallup and said, “when the community shows their advocacy through the partnerships made with our No Minor Sale Campaign, it demonstrates the impact that this campaign has made to gain support. The Kiwanis Club of Gallup has been the first organization in Gallup to do exactly that. In partnering with us, they have demonstrated their stance on No Minor Sale, which establishes the guide to other community organizations to join our cause. I feel a sense of gratification when knowing that their support can show others how important our cause is. I am grateful to have been given the opportunity to talk to the Kiwanis Club of Gallup in order to spur the support for No Minor Sale within my community, and hope to gain more support in the future!”
Thank you to all of our partners: NM ACT, Fierce Pride, Keres Consulting, NativeVet Material, St. Anthony Pediatrics, Kiwanis Club of Gallup, Otero County Community Health Council, Nashitti Chapter, Adobe Acres Neighborhood Association, Farmington Public Library, Santa Fe Recovery Center and Mix N’ Mojo Smoke Shop.
If an organization you are affiliated with is interesting in joining the movement to protect our youth from the harmful effects of tobacco, please contact Carlye@NoMinorSale.com.
With the closing of a year and the start of new, we’re
grateful to take time to reflect on the immense progress that we have made on
the No Minor Sale Campaign in 2018. Throughout the year we were on the ground
talking and connecting to local community members about stopping the illegal
sale of tobacco to minors. We have attended events in various communities, held
partner presentations at organizations throughout the state and talked to
thousands of people about protecting youth in New Mexico from the harmful
effects of tobacco and nicotine products.
In 2018 we:
Attended over 26 events throughout the state,
Collected over 1800 personal messages of
Presented to 10 organizations about stopping the
illegal sales of tobacco to youth with XX joining on as partners of the
We are so grateful to have connected to so many people
throughout the state that care about keeping our youth healthy. As we look onto
2019 we know that with your support, this momentum will continue to grow. Our
campaign is powered by community members in New Mexico voicing their concern
about tobacco and nicotine products.
You can help move the campaign forward in 2019 by:
Signing up to volunteer
Connecting the campaign to organizations that
may want to be a partner,
Sharing our the No Minor Sale Facebook page or
posts (Facebook.com/NoMinorSale) or
Talking to the people in your community about
stopping the illegal sale of tobacco to minors!
Join other passionate New Mexicans to protect kids from the illegal tobacco sales!
Even if you only have a few minutes a day, you can make a difference. We provide the training, tools and opportunities you need and you choose how involved to be.
Volunteers educate New Mexicans through personal conversations, community events, and meetings with community leaders. Your role as a volunteer can include collecting messages of support from the community, working at local events, presenting to local organizations, being active on social media and/or writing blog posts. You decide the best way to be involved. The volunteer role is very flexible and can be based on your current schedule.
Volunteers have the opportunity to earn points towards great rewards, like gift cards! With rewards for your efforts, you can guarantee that your hard work won’t go unnoticed AND you can help your community in the process!
We welcome volunteers from anywhere in the state of New Mexico with any schedule! We will help you get involved wherever you live and provide all the necessary training and materials to be effective.
Join us in creating a healthier New Mexico by applying at my.NoMinorSale.com/register
The No Minor Sale campaign has been traveling throughout the state of New Mexico connecting to hundreds of people on the importance of stopping the illegal sale of tobacco to minors. From Silver City, Mescalero, and Truth or Consequences, to Roswell and Tucumcari, we have collected over a thousand personal messages of support from people sharing why they are in favor of stopping the illegal sale of tobacco to minors.
This month, Alexander Lujan and A’Leaya Lucero, two Tucumcari High School students, worked the Fired Up! event. They shared an impactful moment in a post they wrote about the event on the Evolvement website, “it was great to see that we have the community on our side. An older gentlemen stopped by our booth and told us how he started smoking at around the age of eight. He said if he wouldn't have ever started he wouldn't be struggling to stop now in his old age.”
These personal testimonies from across the state are powerful. It is inspiring to see how many people truly care about youth in their communities. We also know concern over e-cigarettes is growing throughout New Mexico. The FDA reports that “more than two million middle and high school students were current users of e-cigarettes in 2017.” With new forms of tobacco products becoming increasingly popular among young people, No Minor Sale is doing its part to combat the epidemic by stopping the illegal sale of ALL tobacco products to minors. As the evolvement youth Alexander Lujan and A’Leaya Lucero from Tucumcari High School stated, “the more people who help, the more people we can reach and in the end the more change we can make.”
1. Wang TW, Gentzke A, Sharapova S, et al. Tobacco Product Use Among Middle and High School Students – United States, 2011-2017. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2018; 67:629–33. (Original Data Source: NYTS 2017)
Hello, my name is Dannika Maldonado. I am starting my 3rd year as a member of Evolvement. I have participated in 5 events two of them with the 24/7 campaign for tobacco-free schools and 3 No Minor Sale events, sharing information about illegal tobacco sales to minors. I have presented to 2 school boards, Silver and Cobre.
My first event this year was at the Red Hot Children's Fiesta in Silver City. The community was very supportive and I had a couple of people share stories of their loved ones being affected by tobacco from a young age. The Evolvement youth at Silver High School collected 76 messages of support at our event. These messages will be shared with local leaders and decision makers in our community.
I think high school youth should join Evolvement to get involved and attend events because they are really fun and you are helping promote a healthy New Mexico. This event was a community event and they are very different from school events because they are aimed more at the public and you get to meet a variety of people. Youth should be passionate about this issue because their own peers are being affected by big tobacco. This event was a great experience and I am very glad to have had it. I encourage everyone to go to events to have the great, fun experience I had.
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shidine'e, Hello my friends and family. My name is Samantha, I am a recent
graduate from Navajo Preparatory School and I’ve been apart of Evolvement
throughout my four years of high school. I started working on No Minor last
year, I was excited about this because it hit home for me. I did many partner
presentations and community events. These presentations about No Minor Sale and
I do it because I grew up watching friends and family members become addicted
tobacco before the age of 18. Which, they either bought it from the store near
by the schools or students asked older people to buy it for them. I don’t want
that type of to be toxic environment I want for my peers, family members,
friends, etc. to be growing up in.
The first step to changing that, was the NMS Partner
Presentation at a Summit, with an eleven-a.m. slot.During this partner presentation we handed
out support cards for the audience to choose whether to write a message in
support of our campaign and we received 17. Throughout the presentation I had
many questions about our campaign and many that we interested. My proudest
moment was to find out that I was asked to present because I am apart of the
tribe and they were proud that I was making a difference within my home
community and in others that allow me to make a change. It meant so much to me,
being considered as a presenter on something that I am passionate about. It
meant that I am being looked up to by many people and I am grateful to be their
For these many reasons stated, I know that activism is
important. It is a jump start for change, it allows people to have a voice that
they may of or may not have had before. It helps key decision makers find out
what the public is pushing for. Interacting with the public at these events and
presentations are important because we can answer any questions that they need
clarification on or maybe they would like more information on how to jump onto
our campaign. All of this to help New Mexico become a healthier place for the
next generations to grow up in. It gives me a reason to keep fighting for their
and my own future by keeping this awareness alive and to keep pushing for
One of the unique features on the home page of the No Minor Sale website is an interactive map. This map allows visitors to choose why they support No Minor Sale and leave a pin on our map based on their zip code. They can select one of our pre-given reasons or choose to write their own reasons. Others who visit the map will be able to hover over anyone’s pin to see their reason for supporting the campaign.
Many people, understandably, support No Minor Sale because, “It’s protecting children.” That’s what our campaign is all about.
But there are also some other heart-felt messages why No Minor Sale matters. Here are some examples:
“Devastating health effects.” – Denise
“Most, if not all, commercial tobacco is poison.” – Abe
“Tobacco affected people I care about.” – Tiffany
“I want to make a difference.” – Kendrick
All of these reasons are valid and appreciated. Tobacco use goes way beyond the user – it affects the user’s family and friends as well.
Why do you support No Minor Sale? We want to know your reason. Put a pin our interactive map and help us continue to spread the message that even one illegal tobacco sale to a minor is too many.
Hello! My name is Lea, and I am sophomore from V. Sue Cleveland High School in Rio Rancho, NM. I have been involved with Evolvement since my freshman year. As an Evolvement advocate, I have been educated on the harmful effects of tobacco, and I have had the opportunity to go into my community to convey the message through different campaign events for both the No Minor Sale campaign and the 24/7 campaign.
One event I participated in was the Fiery Foods Festival at Sandia Resort and Casino in Albuquerque on March 2-4. For this event, Evolvement had a booth set up in the ballroom to inform incoming people about the No Minor Sale campaign. No Minor Sale informs people about illegal tobacco sales to minors under the age of 18, including the many reasons why they are still happening and what we can do to solve the problem. Tobacco use begins at an early age for many, and with the No Minor Sale campaign we can reach out to individuals to terminate this growing epidemic. To enlighten New Mexicans on this negative situation, No Minor Sale conducts surveys to collect data on people’s prior knowledge of and opinions on illegal tobacco sales to minors. It also offers support cards for people who want to share their personal experiences.
Evolvers successfully collected nearly 300 surveys and 22 support cards during the Fiery Foods Festival. During the event, I was able to hear several stories from people about their experiences. This included an emotional account from a young lady who shared her situation of living with a father who smoked, resulting his passing away early. She spoke of her desire to spend more time with him and her wish to have ended his smoking habit. Stories like this this really touch on the reasoning behind wanting to prevent young people from becoming addicted to tobacco products.
Listening to personal testimonies makes it clear as to why campaigns like No Minor Sale are necessary. When attending community events, there are such diverse crowds with a variety of stories to be told. That is reason alone to be passionate about ending tobacco abuse. I believe the misfortune of lives lost due to tobacco can be prevented through this campaign. The youth have the potential to advocate and influence change, and can participate in community events. I have personally taken the opportunity to do so, and I hope to encourage others to become engaged as well.
No Minor Sale has begun Partner Presentations, an exciting educational extension into the community.
Through Partner Presentations, we present a 20-minute program about No Minor Sale to community and civic groups, answer questions, collect support cards, and request the organization to officially sign on as a community partner.
To date, we have presented to two outstanding organizations – The Sunrise Lions Club in Las Cruces and the San Juan Rotary Club in Farmington, which also led to an opportunity for No Minor Sale to speak on Vertical Radio’s (88.9 FM) “Four Corners Spotlight” program. Each experience presenting has been a unique opportunity to get to know New Mexican communities and educate them about the campaign. The feedback from these groups has been overwhelmingly positive.
We are seeking more Partner Presentation opportunities throughout New Mexico.
Do you have a group you think would benefit from learning more about No Minor Sale? If so, we want to come speak to them! Contact Campaign Manager Maria Grundy at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
Thank you, everyone, for supporting No Minor Sale! Since August 2017, No Minor Sale has participated in 12 events in 10 cities throughout New Mexico and has collected over 2,000 surveys and support cards. Now, we are presenting at a variety of family-friendly festivals and celebrations to continue spreading the word.
Some of our events are spearheaded by our committed youth leaders from Evolvement, the Department of Health’s statewide youth-led movement, and others are staffed by engaged members of local communities.
Our event schedule keeps growing, which is exciting as we continue to raise awareness and create urgency around the issue of illegal tobacco sales to minors in our state. Come be a part of the movement of No Minor Sale and visit us at any of the upcoming events!
3/2-4: *30th Annual National Fiery Foods and BBQ Show, Sandia Resort and Casino, Albuquerque
3/10: *Arte y Cantos, La Plazita Institute, Albuquerque
3/16: *13th Annual Health & Wellness Fair, Daniel Fernandez Youth Center, Los Lunas
3/17-18: Mountain Living Home & Garden Show, Ruidoso Convention Center, Ruidoso
3/21: *Partner Presentation, Fierce Pride, LGBTQ Center at UNM, Albuquerque (TENTATIVE)
Do you have a New Year’s resolution? For No Minor Sale, it’s simple: get everyone in New Mexico excited to keep kids safe from tobacco by ending illegal tobacco sales to minors. Not sure if that’s for you? Check out some of the reasons people support the campaign from across the state:
“I support No Minor Sale because I started smoking at 13 because it’s really easy to get tobacco at some of the stores here.” - Sophomore, New Mexico Public Schools
“I am a 20 year smoker, I began smoking at the age of 14. I cannot say whether this was the gateway to addiction for me in my life, but eventually I had a drug and alcohol addiction. Although I am drug and alcohol free now, I still have not been able to quit smoking.” - Blake, Anthony
“My dad started chewing tobacco and smoking when he was 16…and already has early signs of lung cancer. I don’t want to see other kids wind up like my dad…I want today’s generation to make it past 60 to live a healthy life and not let tobacco take control of their life.” - Katy, Las Cruces
“No student should be able to get tobacco as they have enough to do in their lives!” - Don, Albuquerque
What’s your reason for supporting No Minor Sale? Share it on ourinteractive map, and let people on your social networks know how important this issue is to New Mexico.
You might be wondering why No Minor Sale is focusing on the dangers of illegal tobacco sales to minors, when it is already illegal to sell tobacco to youth under age 18. Unfortunately, there are many reasons why illegal sales are still happening:
Reason #1: Retailers don’t know there is a problem.More education is needed to explain evolving tobacco regulations, the impact of underage tobacco sales, and how retailers can help prevent illegal transactions at their stores.
Reason #2: There is limited incentive to make following this law a priority.Right now, retailers only receive a compliance check 1-2 times per year. When stores are caught selling to minors, the penalties are inconsistent and often weak.
Reason #3: New Mexico laws are out of date.For instance, New Mexico is one of only 13 states that does not require a license to sell tobacco. Tobacco retail licensing is a proven way to reduce youth access to tobacco products. Rule-breakers lose their license, which provides a strong incentive for businesses to follow the law.
Reason #4: We don’t know where tobacco is being sold.Retailers go in and out of business frequently, and our state does not require tobacco retailers to register or obtain tobacco licensing. If we don’t know where tobacco is being sold, it is difficult to enforce the law.
The Pecan Festival in Mesilla on October 21-22, 2017 was the fifth event for No Minor Sale, and it was organized by Charlotte Stalker, a local youth from Las Cruces. Charlotte is a member of Evolvement, a statewide youth movement sponsored by the Department of Health that works on public health campaigns including No Minor Sale. In total, six Evolvement students from Arrowhead Park Early College worked the two-day event.
The students spent the event speaking to and collecting surveys and messages of support from 150 people. By informing New Mexicans about the dangers of illegal tobacco sales to minors, the students incited a greater urgency in the public about the issue. “I support ending illegal tobacco sales to minors because it isn’t fair to all the young lives that become ruined,” said Evolver Fareeda who worked the event. With 90% of tobacco users starting before the age of 18, this lifetime of addiction should not be the result of a choice made too easy as a teen.
Evolvement is one group that is truly making a difference and spreading the word about illegal tobacco sales to minors in New Mexico. Does your group want to get involved in your community?Click Hereand let us know!
My name is Jaedan Marquez. I am currently in my junior year at Arrowhead Park Early College High School and I've been a member of Evolvement since my freshmen year. This year I have worked on the No Minor Sale campaign at the Diez y Seis de Septiembre Fiesta in Mesilla, NM and also presented this campaign to the Sunrise Loins Club in Las Cruces, New Mexico. The reason I have taken the initiative to participate in these events is because I have two nieces and one more on the way. I want them to grow up in an environment where underage smoking is nonexistent and not another thing, that is bad for them that they could get introduced to.
On January 25th, my partner, Chriss Wright and I, presented the first ever No Minor Sales partner presentation to the Sunrise Lions Club of Las Cruces. During this event we collected a total of nine support cards. The members of the Lions Club were very intrigued by what we were saying and presented us with many questions about what our group is doing to educate our peers. It was inspiring to hear their stories of how they got into tobacco and the pop culture surrounding it when they were our age and how they don’t want the same influence on today’s youth. Meeting with the Sunrise Lions Club of Las Cruces was a wonderful experience for Chriss and I. These and other events are experiences that we hope to continue to encounter in the future.
If we unite as a community, we can educate the general populous about the negative effects of tobacco sales to minors. By reaching out to the community, at local events, we are able to educate and be the face of the No Minor Sale campaign. I look forward to new events to continue to create urgency to end illegal tobacco sales to minors.
My name is Charlotte Stalker from Las Cruces and I am currently a member of the Evolvement New Mexico Leadership Team. This is my second year on the leadership team, which means I’ve gotten to organize and work events for both the 24/7 and No Minor Sale campaigns.
September 16-17th, 2017 was the Diez y Seis de Septiembre Fiesta, in Mesilla, NM, which I organized as an Evolvement Leadership Team member. We set up a booth with a plinko board to draw people to the table, in addition to walking around the festival asking people to fill out the survey for No Minor Sale. We collected over 200 hundred surveys in addition to 15 support cards, which give people the chance to write a personal message about why they want to end illegal tobacco sales to youth. We had interactions with a lot of shop owners who whole-heartedly supported our cause, which was really great because they’re the people we want to ally with.
Getting the chance to talk with community members outside of my school is a completely new experience for me. We get to have meaningful conversations with people who are genuinely interested in the issue and can help make changes about issues they’re passionate about. Talking to community members not only can help boost self-confidence and speaking skills, but it also provides a unique opportunity to speak on an issue you’re passionate about, such as underage tobacco use.
On September 3rd-4th, 2017, the No Minor Sale campaign participated in the 46th Annual Hatch Chile Festival in Hatch, NM. The Chile Fest attracts not only New Mexicans, but also people from neighboring states such as Arizona, Colorado, and Texas, as well as California.
Along with two local volunteers, Andrea and David, we were able to speak to over 100 people at this event about the importance of ending illegal tobacco sales to minors. People were very receptive and engaging. Phillip, a resident of Albuquerque drove down to celebrate Hatch-grown chiles and visit the vendor booths. “Tobacco is a very addictive and harmful substance,” claimed Phillip. “It has no business in the hands of minors.”
Community events are a great way for the campaign to make a big impact in every locality in New Mexico. We have many events scheduled throughout the year, and we want to come to your town! Click here to bring No Minor Sale to your community.
In New Mexico last year, 1 of 6 retailers sold tobacco products to minors
90% of tobacco users start before age 18.
Every year, 1,000 youth in New Mexico become new daily smokers
Tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable death and disease in New Mexico - about 2,630 New Mexicans die each year from tobacco-related illness
Shocking facts, huh? Think the youth of today are no longer into tobacco products? The stats above show that’s simply not true. So what can be done about it?
Welcome to the No Minor Sale campaign, where when it comes to tobacco products, even one sale to underage youth is too many.
No Minor Sale is an educational, community campaign working to end illegal tobacco sales to minors in New Mexico. Within this campaign, we will be presenting at community events across the state and collecting support from New Mexicans about why they care about protecting youth from tobacco abuse. We are also partnering with parents and community members across the state who are retailers and want to protect kids from using tobacco.
For more information, check out theresourcesand add your voice to ourinteractive map.You can also stop by our booth at the Macaroni and Cheese Festival in Albuquerque on August 19th to share your message of support.