As a basic pediatrician, I spend day-after-day working laborious to make sure the well being and security of my younger sufferers. I speak to my adolescent sufferers about avoiding or quitting unhealthy habits similar to vaping, smoking or utilizing tobacco merchandise. It’s past disappointing that it’s vital to put in writing this letter declaring the destructive impacts of passing House Bill 137.
As adults, we’ve an ethical accountability to offer our youngsters with a protected setting. HB 137 would pressure our youngsters to inhale e-cigarette aerosol once we go to public locations similar to shops and eating places. It might overturn clear air protections the place they exist in Montana and forestall any communities adopting such insurance policies sooner or later. As an grownup you can also make the selection to inhale cancer-causing brokers and toxins however we must always not expose weak youngsters to those noxious substances.
I consider this invoice is an ideal instance of legislators placing revenue over precept. They’ve been persuaded by the deep pockets of the tobacco trade (which owns the top-selling e-cigarette manufacturers). The tobacco trade doesn’t wish to abide by any legal guidelines that prohibit the sale and use of its merchandise. The invoice may also overturn native protections permitted by the Missoula Metropolis Council that defend youngsters from being focused with candy-flavored tobacco merchandise. This invoice shouldn’t remove the proper for communities to make choices for themselves in the most effective curiosity of their residents particularly youngsters.