No Minor Sale Community Updates
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)