NC Alliance for Health and Youth Empowered Solutions (YES!) Host Advocacy Day at the NC General Assembly With Focus on Healthy Corner Store Initiative, Physical Education and Teen Tobacco Use Prevention
On Wednesday, March 8, more than 80 high school students gathered at the NC General Assembly to talk about the Healthy Corner Store Initiative, physical education, and teen tobacco use prevention, which are NCAH’s primary priorities for the 2017 legislative session. Advocates spoke with their legislators, delivered resolutions of thanks to supporters of the Healthy Corner Store Initiative, and met with Lt. Governor Dan Forest. Click here
to see pictures from Advocacy Day.
One of the highlights of the day was the press conference to introduce HB 276, Strengthen Use Tobacco Use Prevention/Funds. Primary sponsors of this bill include Rep. Donny Lambeth (R – Forsyth), Rep. Gale Adcock (D – Wake), Rep. Josh Dobson (R – Avery, McDowell, Mitchell), and Rep. Sam Watford (R – Davidson). The bill allocates $17 million to restore North Carolina’s statewide teen tobacco use prevention programs. These award-winning programs helped significantly decreased teen tobacco use in North Carolina. Unfortunately, funding was reduced starting in the 2011-2012 biennium and there is currently no state funding for tobacco use prevention programs.
Co-sponsors of HB 276 include Reps. Chaz Beasley; Mary Belk; Beverly Boswell; Cecil Brockman; Becky Carney; Jean Farmer-Butterfield; Susan Fisher; Elmer Floyd; Edwards Hanes, Jr.; Pricey Harrison; Yvonne Lewis Holley; Howard Hunter, III; Verla Insko; Marvin Lucas; Grier Martin; Gregory Murphy, MD; Amos Quick, III; Bobbie Richardson; Stephen Ross; Bob Steinburg; Evelyn Terry; Brian Turner; and Michael Wray.