TFL is making strides to create healthy policies that protect every Louisianan against the harmful effects of tobacco and secondhand smoke, but we can’t do it alone.
Here are a few things you can do to make a difference:
Join a Regional Coalition
Whether it is doing volunteer work, attending meetings, being the voice for tobacco prevention and control at your company or organization, or working with any one of TFL’s many initiatives, like the women’s Smoke and Mirrors events, the Defy youth empowerment movement or the Fresh Campus Tobacco-Free College initiative – you can be a part of the movement for a healthier Louisiana through tobacco-free living. There are a variety of ways that you can get involved. The first step is to contact your Regional Coordinator listed on the Staff page to let them know that you are ready to be an advocate, or you can fill out this form to let them know that you are ready to get involved.
Write a Letter to the Editor
Letters to the Editor can be an important tool of advocacy. Research indicates that they are one of the most read features in a newspaper. Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper to show your support for an increase in the state excise tax, to advocate for stronger smoke-free air laws that protect all Louisianans and to help others in your community understand the dangers of secondhand smoke exposure. Feel free to use this fact section for useful information that you can use in your letter.
Write a Letter to Your Legislator
Lawmakers are charged with protecting the health of their constituents. Writing a letter to your legislator shows that you really care about an issue and are politically active; it also lends weight to the issue: if it matters to you, chances are, it matters to many people. Find out who your legislator is, and how to contact them here. To use some facts and statistics in writing your letter, please refer to this fact section.
For more ideas on how you can get involved, check what we’ve been doing in Louisiana.