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During Latino Heritage Month we celebrate the contributions and achievements of Latinos in the US. While we observe our accomplishments, we can’t take our eyes off the road ahead to eliminate racial and health inequities.

For decades, Big Tobacco has aggressively promoted its harmful and addictive products to our communities. Tobacco products harm the health of users and those around them. Breathing secondhand smoke can increase your risk of lung cancer, heart disease, and strokes, all of which are among the leading causes of death among Latinos.

You can be exposed to high levels of harmful secondhand smoke if someone is smoking or using e-cigarettes nearby, even outdoors.

As a parent and American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) volunteer, I ask you to join me and take action to protect our loved ones from the dangers of secondhand smoke, including in outdoor public spaces. Take the first step at www.tinyurl.com/outdoors-support.

Signed,

Heineken Aguirre

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