Cancer Action Network supporters advocate at state capitol

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On Wednesday, cancer survivors, their caregivers, and their families traveled to the state capitol to call on Tennessee legislators to prioritize the more than 37,000 Tennesseans who will be diagnosed with cancer this year. 

Michael Holtz with the local chapter of American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network stopped by the WATE 6 On Your Side studios to share about the group’s day at the capitol. 

One of the main topics deals the group focused on was e-cigarettes, tobacco and young people, called “Tobacco 21.” 

According to Holtz, the group is advocating for increasing the legal age of purchasing tobacco. 

“Increase the legal age  to purchase tobacco products and electronic smoking devices to 21,” Holtz says.  “Ninety-five percent of people who start to smoke do so before the age of 21.” 

Holtz also said that Senate Bill 1200 and House Bill 1454 are supported by the major health organizations and other groups because of the strong enforcement provisions.

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