"Advocacy is pursuit of influencing outcomes - including public policy and resource allocation decisions within political, economic, and social systems and institutions - that directly affect people's lives."

From the Advocacy Institute Website

Former U.S. Senator Paul Simon of Illinois said, "Someone who sits down and writes a letter about hunger ... almost literally has to be saving a life."

Many lawmakers have been quoted as saying that for every hand written letter they receive, they know that hundreds of others in their district have the same opinion but have not written.  This is why it is so important to take the time to write or call lawmakers about important issues.

The Missouri Partnership on Smoking or Health (MPSH) is a network of diverse, enthusiastic, informed, and effective tobacco prevention advocates working throughout Missouri.  MPSH  mobilizes key constituencies who play a pivotal role in influencing public policy debate regarding tobacco use prevention.

At the state level, MPSH works to pass and improve existing tobacco prevention legislation.  At the local level, MPSH assists groups and organizations wanting to improve the health of their community through smokefree ordinances and other tobacco prevention policies. MPSH provides the tools they need to make their efforts become a reality.

Periodically MPSH calls upon members and individuals to contact lawmakers at the local, state and federal levels regarding critical tobacco prevention issues.  Below you can learn about the latest tobacco issues, how you can get involved, and how to contact your elected officials.

Contact Your Legislator on Issues of Importance

To learn who represents you in the U.S. Congress, click on the link below.

U.S. Senate

  1. Click on the issue below for suggested letter or e-mail content.

  2. With your mouse, highlight the suggested copy, right click to copy and paste into an e-mail message or word processing document.


Issues and Action Alerts
Feb. 19, 2003 Springfield Please show your support for the upcoming Springfield Smoke Free Dining Ordinance - To find out how you can help, click on the date.
Dec. 15, 2002 St. Louis Smokefree 2003 For St. Louis City Buildings And Lambert Airport! How You Can Make It A Reality… To read more, click on the date.

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