Group wants to ensure laws fighting cancer are uniform - KUAM.com-KUAM News: On Air. Online. On Demand.

Group wants to ensure laws fighting cancer are uniform

Posted: Updated:

One advocacy group has reached out to the governor and legislators to ensure Guam laws are inline with the fight against cancer. Raising awareness was the main goal of the inaugural American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network Advocacy Day that took place at the Guam Legislature Tuesday.

ASCAN's Hawaii representative Cory Chun said, "The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network is the advocacy arm of the American Cancer Society and we actually do an advocacy day in every state. Basically what we're trying to do is grow our presence here in Guam, because we know that through public policy it's the greatest tool to fight cancer."

Members met with both Governor Eddie Calvo and senators to discuss how public laws can be strengthened. Guam's smoke-free law for example - the Natasha Protection Act - has loopholes that allow for smoking in hotels, bars, nightclubs, and even some office spaces.

In a survey from the 2015 relay for life, 83 percent of participants agreed bars and night clubs should be smoke-free, 98 percent thought office spaces should be smoke-free, and 96 percent thought hotels should be required to provide smoke-free rooms. As for electronic cigarettes and vaping, 87 percent thought these should be included in Guam's smoke-free laws.

Guam ambassador Joleen Limtiaco said, "One of the priorities we're looking at is smoking, smoking amongst our youth, and how we can help to eliminate that on the island, or make it harder for them to purchase cigarettes and educate them about the health effects of smoking."

Guam has the seventh-highest cigarette tax rate in the nation; however ASCAN would like to see more of these funds available for use in wellness and prevention programs. Other sources of funding include community initiatives such as the 2015 Relay for Life. Community manager Tina Noket says this year's event raised a total of $450,000, which will be put towards cancer research, treatment, and screening.

Limtiaco added, "Cancer affects all of us here every single one of us knows someone who passed away from cancer surviving cancer or battling cancer so we want to just to get the word out that we are here to help fight for laws that help save lives everyday."

  • NEWS HEADLINESMore>>

  • All Public Schools, GovGuam to Close by 1 p.m. Friday

    All Public Schools, GovGuam to Close by 1 p.m. Friday

    Acting Governor Joshua F. Tenorio, in consultation with Guam Homeland Security/Office of Civil Defense, the National Weather Service and the Guam Department of Education, has ordered that non-emergency Government of Guam services end at 1 p.m. Friday, FebMore >>
    Acting Governor Joshua F. Tenorio, in consultation with Guam Homeland Security/Office of Civil Defense, the National Weather Service and the Guam Department of Education, has ordered that non-emergency Government of Guam services end at 1 p.m. Friday, FebMore >>
  • GPD finds Finata Futuk Ludwig, wanted for domestic violence complaint

    GPD finds Finata Futuk Ludwig, wanted for domestic violence complaint

    A 34-year-old man wanted by Guam Police is captured in Hagatna. GPD spokesperson Sgt. Paul Tapao says their Domestic Assault Response Team along with Hagåtña Precinct Command Officers found Finata Futuk Ludwig. Authorities say Ludwig was wantMore >>
    A 34-year-old man wanted by Guam Police is captured in Hagatna. GPD spokesperson Sgt. Paul Tapao says their Domestic Assault Response Team along with Hagåtña Precinct Command Officers found Finata Futuk Ludwig. Authorities say Ludwig was wantMore >>
  • Task force formed to oversee permits

    Task force formed to oversee permits

    The Leon Guerrero-Tenorio Administration today announced the creation of the Governor's Task Force to Reform Government Permitting Procedures. The Task Force was created through an executive order and will be responsible for reviewing all government permiMore >>
    The Leon Guerrero-Tenorio Administration today announced the creation of the Governor's Task Force to Reform Government Permitting Procedures. The Task Force was created through an executive order and will be responsible for reviewing all government permiMore >>
Powered by Frankly