Penquis Valley Senior Interns with Flavors Hook Kids Maine



PORTLAND — Four Maine students wrapped up the school year by also wrapping up a 10-week internship with Flavors Hook Kids Maine. The campaign worked to encourage communities and the Maine legislature to end the sale of flavored tobacco products.

PORTLAND — Four Maine students wrapped up the school year by also wrapping up a 10-week internship with Flavors Hook Kids Maine. The campaign worked to encourage communities and the Maine legislature to end the sale of flavored tobacco products. The four students were from different parts of Maine, including Megan Whitten de Milo who is a senior at Penquis Valley High School.

“The interns we’ve had over the last 10 weeks of the school year have been amazing,” said Julia Panepinto, Field Director for Flavors Hook Kids Maine. “Not only did they help this organization a lot, but they all believed strongly in the cause. It’s no secret that flavored tobacco products are designed to appeal to young tobacco users from an early age. These interns have seen it firsthand and they’re tired of big tobacco hooking people their age into what could be a lifelong addiction, all in the name of bigger profits. They know it’s disgusting and they’ve worked really hard to put a stop to it.

In addition to Whitten, Issak Hynd of Warren, Fern Beede of Bowdoinham and MacKenzie Schors of Machias were interned during the campaign. During the student experiment, Portland and Brunswick each passed an ordinance ending the sale of flavored tobacco products in their communities. Bangor City Council was the first to pass such an ordinance in the fall of 2021. Bangor’s ordinance was scheduled to go into effect June 1, along with Portland and Brunswick. However, Bangor’s order was revoked due to a procedural issue. Bangor City Council is now to take the whole process back, starting with a workshop.

“These students have seen firsthand how local support for causes can work,” Panepinto said. “They’ve seen city government, state government and local organizers in action, and they’ve seen great progress and momentum for a cause they believe in. I know it was a great experience for all of them, and they all had the opportunity to learn about everything from government to leadership during their 10 weeks with this organization.

More details can be found at www.FlavorsHookKidsMaine.org.

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