John Bel Edwards on Families & Children



Ban flavorings in e-cigarettes that target teens

Q: Would you ban flavored e-cigarettes, and/or vaping, over health concerns surrounding targeting teens?

Eddie RISPONE: I think that's like cigarettes in general, we should put the warning on those. [But no] executive order to do away with them.

Gov. EDWARDS: Well, the first thing we would do is sit down with the Secretary of Health look and see what the facts are. I am growing in my concern. It seems like every single day, they're more reported cases of young people who after only a short period of time of smoking these e-cigarettes, and the vaping, they're developing very serious, irreversible lung damage. So I have heard the President say that he is looking at banning the flavoring of the cigarettes, and I happen to think that that's probably a smart thing to do. I think that's why children are attracted in the first place. We will take action on it one way or another, to limit these e-cigarettes, especially the flavoring of it, in the legislative session coming up next year.

Source: Bayou Buzz Transcript of 2019 Louisiana Gubernatorial debate , Sep 23, 2019

People believe e-cigarettes are safer, but they're not

Q: All three of you have either children or grandchildren. If you found them using e-cigarettes, what would you say to them?

Eddie RISPONE: I'd do everything I could to discourage you from using e-cigarettes just like regular cigarettes; both of them are very harmful to their health.

Gov. John Bel EDWARDS: We know e-cigarettes deliver nicotine, I believe that smoking is harmful to your health. I don't believe that e-cigarettes are healthier--they're not a healthier alternative. And so I will do everything that I can to try to convince my children but also anyone out there to not smoke. And part of the problem is many people believe it is a safer alternative, when in fact it is not. And certainly the flavorings lend themselves to children being attractive, but I would tell them, please not to do that.

Rep. Ralph ABRAHAM: Look, an optic is worth 1000 words literally. I would show them a lung that has been damaged by e-cigarettes. I've seen them and it's impressive.

Source: Bayou Buzz Transcript of 2019 Louisiana Gubernatorial debate , Sep 23, 2019

Family Services placed 735 kids in foster homes despite cuts

Thanks to the hard work of the Department of Children and Family Services, 735 Louisiana foster children found permanent homes last year--the most of any year on record. The DCFS team accomplished this feat despite the fact that the DCFS has faced deep cuts over the last several years, with fewer employees working longer hours.
Source: 2017 Louisiana State of the State address , Apr 10, 2017

Catholic upbringing shapes commitments to community & family

His Catholic upbringing and strong family ties have shaped both his commitments to his own community as well as his family. John Bel's mother taught him both the compassion he demonstrates as a legislator and his belief in the power of prayer.

John Bel is married to his high-school sweetheart. The Edwards family attends St. Helena Catholic Church in Amite.

Husband, father, public servant, veteran, man of religion, small businessman Edwards will put Louisiana families and Louisiana workers first.

Source: 2016 Senate campaign website, JohnBelForLouisiana.com , Aug 11, 2015

Other governors on Families & Children: John Bel Edwards on other issues:
LA Gubernatorial:
Charles Boustany
Eddie Rispone
John Neely Kennedy
Ralph Abraham
LA Senatorial:
Antoine Pierce
Bill Cassidy
Charles Boustany
Foster Campbell
John Fleming
John Neely Kennedy
Joseph Cao
Rob Maness
Thomas Clements

Gubernatorial Debates 2019:
Bevin(R) vs.Goforth(R,lost primary) vs.Adkins(D,lost primary) vs.Beshear(D) vs.Edelen(D,lost primary)
Edwards(D) vs.Rispone(R) vs.Abraham(R) vs.Kennedy(R,declined)
Bryant(R,retiring) vs.Foster(R) vs.Hood(D) vs.Reeves(R) vs.Waller(R)

Gubernatorial Debates 2021:
Murphy(D) vs.Ciattarelli(R)
Northam(D,term-limited) vs.Herring(D) vs.Chase(R) vs.Fairfax(D)

Gubernatorial Debates 2020:
DE: vs.Carney(incumbent) vs.Williams(D)
IN: vs.Holcomb(incumbent) vs.Melton(D) vs.Myers(D)
MO: Parson(incumbent) vs.Galloway(D) vs.Neely(R)
MT: Bullock(retiring) vs.Fox(R) vs.Perry(R) vs.Gianforte(R) vs.Stapleton(R) vs.Olszewski(R) vs.Neill(D) vs.Schreiner(D) vs.Cooney(D) vs.Williams(D)
NC: Cooper(incumbent) vs.Forest(R) vs.Grange(R)
ND: Burgum(incumbent) vs.Coachman(R) vs.Lenz(D)
NH: Sununu(incumbent) vs.Volinsky(D) vs. fsFeltes(D)
PR: Rossello(D) vs.Garced(D) vs.Pierluisi(D)
UT: Herbert(retiring) vs.Huntsman(R) vs.Cox(R) vs.Burningham(R) vs.Newton(D) vs.Hughes(R)
VT: Scott(incumbent) vs.Holcombe(D) vs.Zuckerman(D)
WA: Inslee(incumbent) vs.Bryant(R) vs.Fortunato(R)
WV: Justice(incumbent) vs.Folk(R) vs.Thrasher(R) vs.Vanover(D) vs.Smith(D) vs.Ron Stollings(D)
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