Teen Kids News Covers STAND’s Kick Butts Day at the State Capitol

January 7, 2015

 

STAND is featured as an episode of Teen Kids News, an emmy award winning TV Show aimed at teens. The program airs in at least 88 markets and the show is also made available through educational networks to more than 10,000 schools with 7.5 million students and teachers; and it airs on the American Forces Network, with a reach of 1 million.

The program aired September 27, 2014 and January 3, 2015.


Ironwood HS STAND Gets featured in Peoria Pulse

January 7, 2015

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STAND Students Discuss Smoke-Free Parks with Phoenix Officials

October 23, 2014

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Students from the Trevor Browne High School STAND Coalition met with Phoenix Councilman Daniel Valenzuela and Deputy Parks & Recreation Director Tracee Crockett to discuss their proposal to implement a smoke-free parks policy in Phoenix. Ms. Crockett provided the coalition with some advice to help them move their policy efforts forward.


Kingman Daily Miner: E-cig policy part of update to Mohave County smoking rules

October 3, 2014
Supervisors to look at ‘smoke-free’ facilities
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Hubble Ray Smith, Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN – Mohave County Supervisor Buster Johnson said he doesn’t care what people are smoking – as long as it’s not in a county building.

That includes electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, which emit a vapor, not smoke.

Johnson said someone was smoking a pipe in a Lake Havasu City courtroom and county employees have complained about people coming in with e-cigarettes and blowing smoke in their faces.

Mohave County’s no-smoking policy prohibits the smoking of tobacco products within 20 feet of public buildings, but leaves a loophole for chewing tobacco, nicotine gum and e-cigarettes.

“They can say they’re smoking apple peels or peaches. I don’t care what they’re smoking, as long it’s not affecting our people,” Johnson said at Monday’s Board of Supervisors meeting.

The board voted 3-1 to come up with an all-inclusive policy regarding “smoke-free” facilities, with Supervisor Steven Moss opposed to the motion. Chairwoman Hildy Angius was absent.

Moss said he sees e-cigarettes much like nicotine gum – as a way to beat addiction.

“I will confess some ambivalence to e-cigarettes,” he said. “I’m not necessarily in favor of prohibiting e-cigarettes. However, there has to be decorum.”

County administrator Michael Hendrix asked the board to come up with an “all-inclusive” smoke-free policy, with a goal of placing all new procedures in one personnel policy document.

Water attorney

In other action, the board unanimously approved a motion to hire legal counsel to represent Mohave County regarding water issues in the Hualapai Valley and other areas of the county for not more than $10,000.

Johnson pulled the item from the consent agenda for discussion because he had not received backup information.

Hendrix explained that the county was unable to retain counsel as directed by the board on July 24. Nick Hont of Development Services contacted additional law firms and was successful in contracting with one firm, but didn’t gather information for backup in time for the meeting.

Motorized vehicle ban

Another consent item pulled for discussion was the placement of signs prohibiting motorized vehicles in several washes in the Meadview area.

Public Works Director Steve Latoski said the frequency of off-road and all-terrain vehicles using washes near residential streets has “risen to the level of public nuisance.” One step to mitigating that nuisance is the placement of “No Motorized Vehicles” signs.

“I own land out there,” Johnson said. “Are you telling me I can’t run through my wash? Thanks for putting the sign up.”

Supervisor Jean Bishop, whose district includes Meadview, said the particular area in question has a new “fitness trail” with exercise spots and benches. The problem, she said, is motorized vehicles “racing up and down the banks and destroying the beauty of the fitness park.”

The motion carried 4-0.

Water export tax

The board voted 4-0 to approve a motion by Supervisor Moss to establish an ordinance imposing an excise tax on the export of water from Mohave County. Moss said the issue was brought to his attention during a meeting in Phoenix as a potential method for “readjusting the scales.”

“It has nothing to do with people using water in Mohave County,” he said. “It has everything to do with people drilling for water to take out of Mohave County.”

Moss said he’s hoping Arizona’s political delegates in Washington will make sure that the “wheels of justice turn in such a way to give us a seat at the table.”

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STAND students meet with councilman

July 22, 2014

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STAND students from Trevor G. Browne High School met with Phoenix Councilman Daniel Valenzuela on July 15 to discuss their proposal for a smoke-free policy at El Oso Park, which borders their campus. They shared what they’ve learned about tobacco control and showed-off the bags of cigarette butts they collected during clean-ups of El Oso Park. Councilman Valenzuela offered his support to recruit more students to their coalition and spread the word about the work they’re doing in the community. Pictured left to right: Keith Walker, Jo Ann Brown, Bithia Ratnasamy, Jessely Enriquez, Valeria Aguilera, Daniella Maldonado, Councilman Daniel Valenzuela, Diana Alvarez, Vania Guevara, and Kelly Dalton.


Miami, AZ Votes to Make Veterans Park Smoke-free

June 30, 2014

Posted: Wednesday, Jun 18th, 2014

Miami — At its meeting on June 9, the Miami Town Council voted 4-2 to make Miami Veterans Memorial Park a smoke-free area. Michael Black, Don Reiman, Robert Baeza and Darryl Dalley all voted for the measure, while mayor Rosemary Castaneda and vice mayor Susan Hanson voted against it.

Outlawing smoking at the park has been a year-long project of the Miami High School’s Anti-Tobacco Club. Before the council discussed the matter, Vanessa O’Connor, president of the Anti-Tobacco Club, read a prepared statement. The club had made several prior presentations to the council, but the matter had been tabled each time.

“We surveyed more than 300 community people asking their opinion of a ‘smoke-free’ park and received 85-percent support,” O’Connor said in part.  “We provided a model ordinance that could be used by the council when adopting their ordinance.
“We even ofered to help with the cost of signage.  These dedicated youth all graduated from Miami High School in May.  We deserve to have the council take action on our request before we leave for college.”

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Trevor G. Browne HS spends World No Tobacco Day in the Park

June 27, 2014

Youth Coalition has Community Fair in Local Park to support Smokefree Parks and Giving Up the Habit for Good

May 31, 2014

 

STAND Youth coalition members, local leaders, members of the community and vendors came together in El Oso Park in west Phoenix to celebrate World No Tobacco Day, an annual event to promote quitting and preventing tobacco use.

State representative Mark Cardenas (D-19, Center) and Vania Guevara from Phoenix City Councilman Daniel Valenzuela's office (lower right) Pose with Youth Coalition members.

State representative Mark Cardenas (D-19, Center) and Vania Guevara from Phoenix City Councilman Daniel Valenzuela’s office (lower right) Pose with Youth Coalition members.

As part of the community fair the Youth Coalition participated in the City of Phoenix’s “Adopt a Park” program, and will engage in cleanup activities at the park.

STAND members receive a certificate as part of the "Adopt a Park" program from the City of Phoenix.  Members will assist in the cleanup and maintenance of the park.

STAND members receive a certificate as part of the “Adopt a Park” program from the City of Phoenix. Members will assist in the cleanup and maintenance of the park.

Fox10 Phoenix came to cover the event and interviewed STAND members

Fox10 Phoenix came to cover the event and interviewed STAND members

Participants Designed T-shirts with anti-tobacco messages at one of the booths.

Participants Designed T-shirts with anti-tobacco messages at one of the booths.