Emily Beckstrand, left, Walter Gonder and his mother, Brittany Varila, write notes to their representatives asking them to “have a heart” and back cancer-fighting legislation during Cancer Day at the Capitol in Salt Lake City on Friday. During the event sponsored by the American Cancer Society's Cancer Action Network, volunteer advocates brought large paper hearts that symbolized their cancer diagnosis or the diagnosis of a loved one. Lawmakers were also given the chance to put a name on a heart to honor someone they know and love who had or has cancer. Specifically, the volunteers asked the Legislature to only support legislation that will raise the age to purchase tobacco products from 19 to 21, including electronic cigarettes; and support legislation that will give local health departments the authority to enforce tobacco retail licensing laws and violations.
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