“Tobacco 21 laws that include ENDS should reduce initiation of these products among youth, similar to the suggested impact MLSA laws will have on initiation patterns for cigarettes.Reduced initiation of ENDS through MLSA laws may result in reduced initiation of cigarettes, and it may also result in delayed initiation of cigarette use, because the evidence for ENDS serving as a gateway to cigarette use is increasing. 4, 14 Regardless, it is plausible to predict that local, state, or federal MLSA laws would have a critical role in substantially reducing nicotine exposure among adolescents and young adults, particularly those aged 15 to 17 years.”
Raise the smoking age
“[County Commissioner] Sid Leiken made a logical-sounding argument when he declined to join his four colleagues on the Lane County Board of Commissioners [Health] in voting to direct the county staff to prepare an ordinance raising the age for legal tobacco sales to 21 from 18. Leiken said Lane County shouldn’t make itself an “island” — action to raise the minimum age ought to come at the state level.
Leiken is right; Oregon should join California and Hawaii in banning tobacco sales to people younger than 21. But in the meantime, there’s nothing wrong with becoming an island of rational public-health policy.
In fact, islands can be healthful places to live. In 2005 the city of Needham, Mass., became the first jurisdiction in the United States to raise the age for legal tobacco purchases to 21. Skeptics scoffed that teenagers could simply buy cigarettes in any of a dozen neighboring Boston suburbs. But by 2010, smoking among high school students in Needham had dropped by more than half, while the rates in nearby towns showed only slight declines. Needham had made itself an island of addiction avoidance.”
Get Ready for Tobacco 21! – Lee’s Summit Tribune
Lee’s Summit is about to get healthier! Starting December 1, 2016, it will be illegal to sell or provide tobacco (including cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco), electronic cigarettes…
St. Louis Acts to Protect Kids, Save Lives by Raising Tobacco Age to 21 – Tobacco Free Kids
St. Louis is providing strong leadership in the fight against tobacco – the No. 1 cause of preventable death – and setting a terrific example…
Cancer survivors call for Vermont to increase tobacco sales age to 21 – Vermont Biz
We can come closer to a generation of Vermonters never picking up this deadly addiction in the first place if we increase the sale age of tobacco to 21…