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New York State Seen Enough Tobacco Campaign #SeenEoughTobacco
It’s hard to think that kids in my daughter’s age range are the target for billion dollar tobacco marketing campaigns.

Did you know that the average age of a new smoker in New York State is 13 years old?!?

It is both scary and sad to think that my 8-year-old daughter is only five years away from the average age of a new smoker in our state. This is one of the reasons why I place full support behind the “Seen Enough Tobacco” campaign. Kids, regardless of age, should not be exposed to tobacco, period. Tobacco use and exposure can lead to serious health issues. Therefore, my husband and I have been diligent in protecting our daughter from tobacco use and exposure.

my husband and I have been diligent in protecting our daughter from tobacco use and exposure. #SeenEnoughTobacco
Living in a tobacco-free environment, allows us to enjoy our health so that we can continue to travel as a family.

5.6 million Americans under 18 years old are projected to die from a tobacco-related disease

Unfortunately, our daughter was exposed to tobacco at an early age. Where we were living there was a tenant who, no matter how many times they were asked to not smoke inside the house, they continued to do so. It was selfish and disrespectful, especially since we all knew that second-hand can be more harmful. Seeing that this was a losing battle, this prompted my husband and me to purchase our own home. This allowed us to control the environment in which our daughter was raised, including her exposure to cigarette smoke and other tobacco products.

Parents are the advocates for their children, especially when it comes to tobacco exposure. #SeenEnoughTobacco
Parents are the advocates for their children, especially when it comes to tobacco exposure.

Advocate for your Kids to Have Less Tobacco Exposure

There was a time when people were allowed to smoke in restaurants, on planes, in offices, and since finding out the effects of tobacco smoke, laws and regulations have been put in place to stop smoking in public places. But, sometimes preventing people from smoking in public places isn’t enough to stop exposing our kids to tobacco products. Which is why, last year, I voted on various tobacco and e-cigarette related NYS PTA resolutions to prevent tobacco products from being displayed, marketed and sold to our children. In fact, beginning in 2014, there was a 4-year span of increased e-cigarette use by 160% among high school students. Crazy, right? It’s almost sickening.

Tobacco companies are spending billions to put their products in front of our kids in stores. #SeenEnoughTobacco
Each day in New York State, the tobacco industry spends over a half million dollars to market its products – and 90 percent of it is devoted to in-store advertising.
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I am happy that both the NYS PTA and Nassau County PTA saw fit to tackle this, and on May 23, 2018, the Nassau County Legislature voted unanimously to approve legislation  that raises the minimum age to 21 to purchase tobacco products (cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco, e-cigarettes, Juuls, and other nicotine products). This was a huge win for parents like you and me, that are against the sale of tobacco products to children.

Take the Pledge if You’ve “Seen Enough Tobacco”

If you are a parent like me and the 15,000 others who have “Seen Enough Tobacco” marketed to our children, it’s time to join the fight against tobacco companies that spend billions of dollars to market products that harm our kids. Take the pledge to protect our kids from being exposed here – SeenEnoughTobacco.org. Our kids shouldn’t grow up with harmful tobacco products in their face when they’re shopping for candy and other snacks.

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Kim is a 30 something Brooklyn, NY native, currently enjoying Long Island suburban life with her husband and 8-year-old daughter, Chloe as they await the arrival of her sister in February 2020. She not only works full-time and is a freelance makeup artist, but also shares her love for the things that she finds beautiful: her love of family, travel, cars, and makeup and skincare on Beauty and the Bump NYC. In addition to that, she is a writer for A Girl's Guide to Cars. Now, if that wasn’t enough, she also took on the role of class parent for her daughter's 3rd-grade class. These are all tough jobs, but somehow, she gets it all done with style, grace, and of course, beauty.