WHAT: Mary Robago Productions is partnering with Flavors Hook Kids Phoenix to host a Facebook live discussion on youth tobacco use and how it is impacting the Latino community in Phoenix. Learn about why this issue is important and hear from parents and community leaders on taking action.
WHEN: Thursday, April 29, 2021, from 6:00 â€“ 7:00 p.m. MST
WHERE: Facebook Live - @MaryRabagoAZ
â€¢ Mary Rabago, president & CEO of Mary Rabago Productions will moderate
â€¢ David Adame, President & CEO of Chicano por la Causa
â€¢ Jason Vargas, MD, FAAP Cactus Childrenâ€™s Clinic, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics Arizona chapter
â€¢ Ylenia Aguilar, president of Osborn School District
â€¢ Monica Vilalobos, president & CEO of Arizona Hispanic Chamber
â€¢ Richard Andrade, State Representative, Sheet metal, Air, Rail, and Transportation Workers Union
â€¢ Dr. Mario Ventura, superintendent Isaac School District
Hispanics are the fastest-growing racial/ethnic group in the United States and the tobacco industry has seen its opportunity and targeted and successfully preyed upon this community.
The facts show this:
â€¢ 50% of Hispanic smokers ages 12+ use menthol cigarettes (vs. 85% of African Americans and 29% of Whites)
â€¢ E-cigarettes are the most popular product among Hispanic youth. 18.9% of Hispanic high schoolers use e-cigarettes (vs. 23.2% of Whites, 9.1% of Blacks)
â€¢ Cigars are the second most popular product among Hispanic youth. 5.6% of Hispanic high schoolers smoke cigars (vs. 4.2% of Whites, 9.2% of Blacks)
Smoking is the leading preventable cause of morbidity and mortality among Hispanics. There is a need to raise awareness and educate youth and the community about the dangers of tobacco use.