April 22, 2024

Ashby students to discuss anti-vaping bill with legislators

The members of the VPA are, front row, left to right, Haleigh Brendmoen, Quyn Behrens, Alyssa Johnson and Ayden Behrens. Back row, Anna Johnson, Saint Luther, Lily Weisle, Jessi Schlundt, Kai McNeill and Sophia Grabow.

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Jake Sias
Grant County Herald

A group of high school students from Ashby, known as Vaping Prevention in Ashby (VPA), is set to travel to St. Paul on March 5 to engage with state legislators on anti-vaping legislation. This initiative sees participation from students across Minnesota, aiming to combat the rising concern over vaping among adolescents. The VPA comprises members Ayden Behrens, Quyn Behrens, Alyssa Johnson, Lily Weisle, Saint Luther, Jessi Schlundt, Haleigh Brendmoen, and Kai McNeill, who are taking a stand against what they describe as the rampant issue of vaping in their community.

Of the eight members, four will be attending the special day at the capital, specifically Weisle, Luther, Schlundt, and McNeill. 

This legislative visit is backed by support from Horizon Public Health, which received funding from Minnesota Public Health to assist students in quitting e-cigarettes, vape pens, and tobacco products. The engagement marks the second year students have gathered for this purpose, building on the success of the previous year where their involvement led to the passing of two out of three discussed bills. The focus this year is on advocating for the remaining bill, which seeks to ban flavored vaping products that are particularly appealing to minors.

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