Letter: Support the health of our youth and vote yes on 1A
As a long-time local involved in the life of our wonderful community, I’m writing in favor of the upcoming Eagle County ballot initiative 1A.
In my vocation as a local pastor, I have the privilege of walking alongside many families. Through these relationships, and from what I’ve learned through participation in several valley non-profit organizations, I can attest to the damage being done to the youth of our valley through the addictive power of nicotine and vaping products.
As a big believer in personal freedom and individual responsibility, I’m always hesitant to vote for any new tax or law without great evidence of need and broad-based public benefit. After reading the text of this initiative, and further studying the reasoning behind it, I will personally vote yes on 1A, and I give it my full support. The nicotine and vaping products addressed by 1A represent a particular danger to young people, to which the almost daily national news stories bear witness.
As the public, we share a common responsibility for the well-being of our community youth, and reasonable measures to discourage access to nicotine and vaping products are a valuable step toward that goal. I encourage everyone to read the information at healthyeaglecounty.org, and carefully consider supporting 1A in our upcoming Eagle County election.
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