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Sen. Davis receives Distinguished Advocacy Award for excellence in cancer-fighting public policy

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AUGUSTA — Sen. Paul Davis, R-Sangerville was awarded the Distinguished Advocacy Award, a prestigious honor bestowed by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) in recognition of his commitment to protect Mainers from the death and disease related to tobacco addiction, specifically, for sponsoring legislation which increased the minimum legal sales age of tobacco products in Maine to 21.

The award is presented by ACS CAN, the advocacy affiliate of the American Cancer Society, to select officials who have demonstrated leadership and commitment in the area of cancer-related public policy advocacy. Davis received the award during a ceremony at ACS CAN’s annual Day at the Capitol, which brought together cancer survivors and advocates at the Statehouse to lobby in support of cancer related policies.

“Sen. Davis has been a champion for tobacco control legislation especially when it comes to preventing our youth from using tobacco products, helping support those who want to quit, and protecting Mainers from exposure to second-hand smoke,” said Hilary Schneider, government relations director for ACS CAN in Maine.

“We are honoring Sen. Davis for his commitment, passion, and leadership in sponsoring and championing legislation to increase the minimum legal sales age of tobacco products to 21,” continued Schneider. “We are confident that passage and implementation of the tobacco 21 law will prevent many Maine kids from a lifetime of tobacco addiction and will ultimately be one of the ways in which we pave the road to the first tobacco-free generation and save lives from cancer.”

“He has been touched by cancer personally, and has used this experience to inform and inspire his commitment to fighting the disease through public policy. We look forward to continuing to work together to save lives in Maine,” said Schneider.

“The decision to sponsor this legislation was an easy one for me. Tobacco is the only product that, when used as intended, causes addiction, disease and death. I know this personally as I lost both my father and brother to lung cancer,” said Sen. Davis.

“At one point in time, I was heavily addicted to tobacco myself. I started smoking before the dangers of tobacco were well known, but that isn’t the case today. We know that most tobacco users become hooked during high school and the statistics on this are alarming in Piscataquis County, where I’m from. This new law will curb the supply of tobacco into our schools and hopefully prevent the current generation of kids from getting trapped by this deadly addiction.”

ACS CAN applauds Sen. Davis’ determination to enact meaningful legislation that benefits public health and saves lives from cancer across Maine.

ACS CAN is the nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate organization of the American Cancer Society, dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem. ACS CAN works to encourage lawmakers, candidates and government officials to support laws and policies that will make cancer a top national priority. ACS CAN gives ordinary people extraordinary power to fight cancer. For more information, visit www.acscan.org.

Photo courtesy of American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network
SEN DAVIS HONORED BY AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY — Hilary Schneider, director of government relations for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) in Maine, presents Sen. Paul Davis, R-Sangerville with the Distinguished Advocacy Award for excellence in cancer-fighting public policy. The award was presented as part of ACS CAN’s annual Day at the Capitol in Augusta, recognizing Sen. Davis’ sponsorship of legislation which will increase the age of sale for tobacco in Maine to 21.

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