Petition to Donald J. Trump, JUUL Labs, Center for Disease Control, Jerome Adams, American Lung Association, Center for Tobacco-free Kids, White House, Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education, US Congress
Ban e-cigarette and vaping product commercials on TV and radio
As a high school junior, I've seen a great deal of teenagers vaping in school, public transit, and in public. Along with this, I've read numerous news articles concerning the epidemic of severe and life-threatening vaping-related lung diseases in youth who have used vaping products. Many schools are now implementing vaping detectors in bathrooms to deter students from vaping. The impact of vaping and e-cigarette usage on the American youth is massive - it has to be changed. One of the main reasons the American youth are so drawn towards vaping is the sheer amount of advertising the companies who design and produce these products put out. As a result, the youth of America are being exposed to these products constantly, often prompting them to consume such products. During the 1970s, President Richard Nixon signed the Public Health Cigarette Smoking Act, which banned cigarette advertising on television and radio. This act served as a foundation for future reforms that would reduce the rates of smoking in youth. A massive public health crisis is sweeping through our nation like wildfire. Despite this, its effects are nowhere as apparent as that of an infectious disease or immediate like that of mass contamination; but it is no less insidious than either. The most brutal and dangerous part of this crisis, however, is the population the crisis is affecting — the youth of America. I, as a teenager, pledge to petition to amend the Public Health Cigarette Smoking Act of the 70s to include e-cigarettes and vaping products. It truly alarms me to see this epidemic of vaping and e-cigarette related lung illnesses in the youth of America, and I wholeheartedly wish to make a change to this.
Petition to The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), The Embassy of Canada in Ankara, Justin Trudeau, UN Refugee Agency (UNHRC)
Help Save My Daughter! 13-Year-Old Desperately Needs Life-Saving Cancer Treatment
Please, help me. My daughter Delaram is 13 years old and has a rare form of cancer called Ewing sarcoma. Only an extremely small percentage of child cancer patients have this type of tumor. It grows inside the bones and the soft tissues around the entire body. Delaram was diagnosed in 2014, and for five years, she has suffered. As her tumors have spread to her legs and other parts of her body, her condition has only gotten worse. She needs urgent medical care. We are Iranian refugees in Turkey, and the hospital where she is does not have the staff and equipment to help her start recovering. Doctors there can only give her pain medication and clean her wounds. We’re trying everything we can, but we lack the resources needed to begin effective treatment. Please help us alleviate the severe pain and discomfort Delaram feels every day. Sign this petition, share it on social media and spread her story however you can. This will help us find the much-needed support and resources she needs to travel to an advanced hospital that can help her. The more people who help share her story, the more hope we have. We are beyond grateful for any support, and we will update you on her journey to recovery. We are also setting up a GoFundMe to help with medical bills and hopefully getting her to an advanced cancer hospital. Doctors in Turkey have referred her to The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto, Canada, but our request has not yet been approved. Please join us in asking the Canadian government to do anything it can to help my dear daughter. Sign this petition to help Delaram get to SickKids Hospital or any hospital with the advanced treatment she needs. We truly appreciate your support. Follow Delaram’s fight on Twitter and share her story with #DelaramNeedsACureASAP.
Petition to Whole Foods corporate office and shareholders
Whole Foods: Don't cut employee benefits!
Billion dollar company, Whole Foods, says as of January 1, 2020 it will cut medical coverage for the 1,900 part-time employees who work at least 20 hours a week, "to better meet the needs of our business and create a more equitable and efficient scheduling model." "We are providing team members with resources to find alternative healthcare coverage options, or to explore full-time, healthcare-eligible positions starting at 30 hours per week," said a Whole Foods spokesperson. "All Whole Foods Market team members continue to receive employment benefits including a 20% in-store discount." Even if owner Jeff Bezos were not worth $114 billion, we'd find this action by Whole Foods to be disgraceful. It creates a hardship for many employees, whether struggling to pay bills, raise families, continue their education, or provide extra income. With the cost of living skyrocketing, leaving the 2% of Whole Foods 95,000 employees without this safety net is cruel and harmful. Once known for its fair treatment of workers, the tide has turned at Whole Foods. After raising the minimum wage to $15/hour, many workers saw their hours cut - thus diluting the effects of the wage increase. The nation’s largest grocery union, UFCW, noted that it has been a “vocal critic” of what it called aggressive moves by Amazon “to devalue and degrade grocery jobs at Whole Foods.” We ask Whole Foods to reverse its decision to cut benefits to any of its employees.
Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate
Don't Deny Compensation to 9/11 First Responders
My name is John Feal and I’ve been to 181 funerals since September 11, 2001, for first-responders who joined me at Ground Zero after the attacks on the World Trade Center. They are now dying from cancer due to exposure to asbestos, burning jet fuel, burning computer parts, pulverized concrete and other toxic substances. By 2021, it’s expected that more people will have died from toxic exposure than were killed in the attacks. And Congress could break their promise to provide them with compensation. I went to Ground Zero hoping that my experience as a US Army veteran and demolition supervisor could save lives. Seventeen years later, many of my fellow responders have died or are dying from cancer, respiratory illness, and other health problems caused by their exposure to debris and toxic chemicals. In 2015, we successfully fought to reauthorize the James Zadroga Health and Compensation Act, which ensures victims could receive health screenings and medical benefits for 70 years, and compensation through 2020. In less than two years, that Victim Compensation Fund will close — and it’s already running out of money. After 9/11, the EPA assured the responders and residents that "the air is safe," and hundreds of thousands of residents and workers returned. Today over 10,000 people have been diagnosed with WTC-linked cancers and more than 2,000 of those people have died, including 184 NYC firefighters. I live with the memory of the lives lost that day, but also the sadness of knowing survivors are still dying. It’s tragic that our elected officials won’t come together to guarantee support for these victims, who inhaled cancer causing chemicals as they searched for survivors and recovered bodies. Now, thousands of families face steep medical bills and struggle every day just to survive. This is no way to treat human beings who sacrificed so much that day. Please sign my petition to make sure 9/11 responders and victims are supported by the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund after they sacrificed everything.
Petition to U.S. Senate, Dan Brown, Kathy J. Byron, Lee Ware, Mike Cunningham, Timothy Hugo, Bill Eigel, Jason Holsman, Daniel Marshall, III, Jacob W Hummel, Robert B. Bell, Israel D. O'Quinn, Jamilah Nasheed, Bob Onder, Ron Richard, David E. Yancey, John Joseph Rizzo, Caleb Rowden, Margaret B. Ransone, Dave Schatz, Scott Sifton, Wayne Wallingford, Michael J. Webert, Paul Wieland, Tony O. Wilt, Christopher T. Head, Jeion A. Ward, Mark L. Keam, Eileen Filler-Corn, Kaye Kory, Joseph C. Lindsey, Lamont Bagby, David J. Toscano, Steve E. Heretick, Michael P. Mullin, Jeffrey M. Bourne, President of the United States, Maria Chappelle-Nadal, U.S. House of Representatives
Stop Forcing Mail-Order Pharmacy as the Only Option of Coverage
Patients' lives depend on choice. **Since starting the petition, I have realized that there are many issues other than temperatures with forced mail-order pharmacy. Mail-order pharmacy is very loosely regulated. There are life-threatening delays, lack of face-to-face relationship with pharmacists for people with chronic conditions, and rapid closures of our independent pharmacies; although, a recent study showed people prefer independent pharmacy (2018, Gill). *************Our Story************* Our son, received a life-saving liver transplant at the age of 2 from a 3-year-old little girl. His life depends on the potency and effectiveness of chemotherapy/immune suppression medications every 12 hours to prevent his body's immune system from fighting off his transplanted liver. In the past mail-order delivered his liquid oral medications in nothing but a plastic envelope on a 102-degree day on a hot enclosed not temperature controlled UPS truck. Shortly after, he went into liver rejection which could have resulted in complete liver failure or death. I speculated that the medication could have been too weak after the delivery of medications in high heat. I vowed to never again risk his life with mail order pharmacy. Recently, we were mandated/forced to only use mail-order pharmacy in order to receive coverage for his life-saving medications. The package arrived in only a bag on a hot day without an ice pack. The hot non-temperature controlled enclosed delivery truck can reach temperatures up to 170 degrees. His labs elevated again afterward. My son wants to know, "Why would they do that?" I contacted the manufacturer, who performs the testing stated that both of my son's medications should be discarded and considered less potent once stored above 86 degrees as higher temperatures and freezing could both result in lower potency. Liquid medication is the most harmed by the mishandling of medications outside of the manufactures temperature storage guidelines. I contacted the mail-order pharmacy who refused to replace or take back the medication. They said the law & USP Pharmacopoeia allows them to ship up to 104 degrees, although the manufacturer states it is not proven safe at these temperatures. However, I have received communication from USP Pharmacopoeia who writes guidelines for storage, and they also said that the mail order pharmacy should follow the manufacturer's guidelines of 59-86 degrees for storage. Again, the trucks reach up to 170 degrees which is much hotter than 104. I contacted the FDA, who states that the mail order pharmacy should be using the manufacturer's guidelines that have been proven safe..However, since the mail-order pharmacies are regulated loosely by the State Board of Pharmacy, not the FDA there was nothing that the FDA could do. I made over 30 calls to the insurance company begging for them to please let us pick my son's medications up at the local pharmacy at which they are filled. My son's physician wrote a note/appeal as his transplant team has stated that they have tried to voice their concerns about this issue with their pediatric/child patients and no one is listening! The insurance company still denied the doctor's appeal for us to pick up my son's medications in the safest way. It was not until the Media became evolved that the insurance company budged. I felt helpless and have united with many other pharmacists, physicians, patients, mothers and fathers, and caregivers who feel the same way. Helpless. Mail-order of prescription drugs should be a choice, not the only option of coverage. Mail-order pharmacies may appear to save money, but when my son ended up in the hospital after taking medications that could have been compromised by having lower potency, the cost of the rejection was thousands of dollars. If his liver would have fully failed, the cost of his liver transplant for just 5 days (he was in the hospital for 5 weeks) was over $1,000,000. The lax regulation and oversight may save money on prescription drug plans but may come at an increased cost to the health plan itself. Also, keep in mind the endless waste of medications that automatically are sent regardless of whether or not patients need them. Also, people with chronic, complex conditions, should always have the option of face to face interaction with a pharmacist who knows their complex needs and medical history. The pharmacist and patient relationship is crucial to the successful outcome of the patient's overall health. Taking this away is harmful to patients and be more costly to our already stressed healthcare system. Another important fact. Mandatory mail-order programs are discriminatory. It is estimated that 40% of the homeless are disabled. How is mandatory mail order fair and working for them as they may not have an address and not even know where they will be from day to day? Only allowing mail-order pharmacy for coverage is unethical and irresponsible. I share stories on my social media sites every day of patients who are suffering from lack of choice. We need your help to make mandatory mail-order an option, not a mandate. YOUR URGENT SUPPORT WILL SAVE LIVES! THANK YOU!! WE APPRECIATE ALL OF THE SUPPORTERS, CAREGIVERS, & PATIENTS. Thank you, Loretta Boesing, Founder of Unite for Safe Medications You may make a tax-deductible contribution to support our advocacy here Email: email@example.com Facebook Page: Issues with Mail Order Pharmacy @justamomwholovesherson Twitter: @BoesingLoretta The greatest way that you can help is by sharing this petition & gathering 2-3 people in your community who are having issues and speak to your legislatures. Reference: Gill, Lisa L. “Consumers Still Prefer Independent Pharmacies, CR's Ratings Show.” Product Reviews and Ratings - Consumer Reports, 7 Dec. 2018, www.consumerreports.org/pharmacies/consumers-still-prefer-independent-pharmacies-consumer-reports-ratings-show/
Petition to World Health Organization
'' PREVENTING UNDERAGE DRINKING''
Alcohol use by underage drinkers is a persistent public health problem in the Philippines , and alcohol is the most commonly used drug among adolescents. Accordingly, numerous approaches have been developed and studied that aim to prevent underage drinking. Some approaches are school based, involving curricular targeted at preventing alcohol, tobacco, or marijuana use. Other approaches are extracurricular, offering activities outside of school in the form of social or life skills training or alternative activities. Other strategies strive to involve the adolescents' families in the prevention programs. Policy strategies also have been implemented that have increased the minimum legal drinking age, reduced the commercial and social access of adolescents to alcohol, and reduced the economic availability of alcohol. A strong relationship appears to exist between alcohol use among youth and many social, emotional, and behavioral problems, such as using illegal drugs, fighting, stealing, driving under the influence of alcohol and/or other drugs, skipping school, feeling depressed, and deliberately trying to hurt or kill themselves. To develop effective programs to prevent alcohol use among young adolescents, it is necessary to first identify the causes of use. The identification of those causes involves a combination of theory and research. Here are 6 ways you can prevent underage drinking: Stay actively involved in your children’s lives. Know where your children are and what they are doing. Make knowing their friends a priority. Set and enforce clear standards, including standards about alcohol use. Stay away from alcohol in high-risk situations. For example, do not operate or allow others to operate a vehicle after drinking alcohol. Get help if you think you have an alcohol-related problem. If you keep alcohol in your home, do not make it easily accessible to others. Don’t allow underage drinking in your home or provide alcohol for anyone who is under legal drinking age.
Petition to Department of Homeland Security, President of the United States, United States Department of Health and Human Services
Help your fellow Bahamians!
About two weeks ago, Hurricane Dorian hit the Bahamas as a Category 5 hurricane and is registered to be one of the worst hurricane to ever hit the Bahamas. Staying on top of them for about 48 hours, Dorian crashed into the Bahamas, destroying houses and buildings, ripping trees from their roots, and leaving almost everyone with nothing afterward. The damage caused after it left was devastating and horrifying, most houses were flooded, water even reaching up to their rooftops. Many people got injured, many still under the rubble, pet owners looking everywhere for their animals. Horrifying as it may seem, these people are in crying for help, so that makes it our mission to answer their cries and help them up from this tragedy of a hurricane. Please sign and share, the Bahamas need us and they need us now!
Petition to PA DOH
PA MMJ cardholders to be allowed home cultivation.
Pennsylvania medical marijuana patients are struggling to find their medication right now due to a rise in the number of dispensaries and patients. This petition is to allow home cultivation of medical marijuana for patients of Act 16. The lack of dry leaf and various strain rotations are making it increasingly difficult to find medicine that works and consistently have it. This petition will permit patients to be able to grow 4 plants total with 2 in vegitative stage and 2 in bloom stage. This allows for a daytime strain and a nighttime strain. Dispensaries should dispense the seeds and possibly have some type of permit to allow the cultivation of medical marijuana for personal vaporization only.