SNAPSHOTS: John Glenn students visit the Capitol for a smoke-free generation

photos courtesy of the Association for Nonsmokers-Minnesota

John Glenn Middle School students, and young people across the country, took a stand against smoking as part of Kick Butts Day March 21.

John Glenn students Ava Zerwas, Sandra Moore and Davion Gray visited with with Sen. Chuck Wiger at the Minnesota Capitol on Minnesotans for a Smoke-Free Generation Day March 22.

North High School senior Caley Tansey, as well as John Glenn’s Tanner Smith, Jackson Bronk, Jordyn Ruble, Riley Himmer and Rebekah Maldonado explained to Wiger that if the tobacco sales age were 21, it is less likely middle and high school students would be able to find someone to buy them tobacco products.

Youth from John Glenn Middle School’s Support Our School group talked with Reps. Leon Lillie and Peter Fischer as well as Wiger about raising the tobacco sales age to 21 and establishing cessation funding. Pictured on the steps of the Capitol building are Sandra Moore, Lulia Ghidewon, Ava Zerwas, Davion Gray, Jamison Rostron, Riley Himmer, Jackson Bronk, Jordyn Ruble, Rebekah Maldonado and Tanner Smith.

At John Glenn, students participated in smoking and tobacco trivia, decorated post cards and signed a pledge wall to be a smoke-free generation.

Sixth grader Kayode Oriola, who is part of the Support Our School group, encouraged his classmates to sign post cards urging elected officials to raise the tobacco sales age to 21 in Maplewood, where John Glenn Middle School is located.

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