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Juuling in the Bathroom to Tobacco 21! How Local Youth Engagement can Influence Statewide Policy Change
Youth are the eyes and ears of substance use prevention. This workshop will focus on the connection between youth, policy change at the local/regional level, and State Laws. Wake-Up Coalition youth have played an important role in informing local health officials on key tobacco and marijuana trends (Flavored tobacco, Juuling, edibles, etc.). Their work educating local Town leaders has led to the implementation of several town policies on tobacco and drug paraphernalia (including tobacco 21, a tobacco Flavor Ban, cap the number of tobacco permits, and limit the sale of drug and marijuana accessories). In addition to this, youth leaders, with the assistance of Regional Tobacco Control, have built a strong relationship with State Senator Jason Lewis, keeping him informed on local trends. Senator Lewis has taken this information and used it to submit, sponsor, and maneuver bills through the Massachusetts statehouse (i.e. Tobacco 21).
At the end of this session, participants will be able to, understand effective strategies for youth to inform and educate local, regional and state policy leaders on youth use trends, identify how local communities can partner with their State elected officials to change state policy, and understand how adoption of local policies in multiple communities allows for ease of adoption at the state level.