Recent updates! – Tobacco 21 Progress – Arizona Statewide Bill Tracker

7/12/2017 – Douglas becomes the second community in AZ to pass a Tobacco 21 ordinance, thanks to the Cochise County Youth Health Coalition!
2/10/2017 – House Commerce Committee refuses to hear HB 2335, considered dead in committee
2/2/2017 – HB 2335 passes out of House Health, referred to House Commerce Committee and House Rules Committee
1/31/2017 – Tobacco 21 bill, HB 2335, introduced in House and referred to House Health Committee
12/13/2016 – Tobacco 21 ordinance misses passage by one vote (3-2) in Clarkdale
8/9/2016 – Tobacco 21 introduced to Clarkdale City Council by YATCY
6/2/2016 – Cottonwood becomes the first community in AZ to pass a Tobacco 21 ordinance, thanks to Yavapai Anti-Tobacco Coalition of Youth (YATCY)!

Arizona has near average rates of both high school smoking and adult smoking. The High School smoking rate rate will cause an estimated 115,000 eventual deaths of children now under the age of 18 due to smoking, with 3,100 children becoming daily smokers each year. The result is an annual health care cost of $2.38 billion that is directly attributable to smoking. The state spends 30.6% of the CDC recommended amount on tobacco prevention; unfortunately, among the highest in the country. The state also has one of the higher cigarette taxes in the country at $2 tax per pack. State law includes no preemption language for age restrictions to tobacco, making Tobacco 21 a viable option for further prevention efforts locally. For more information you may contact:

Eric Brodell
Western Regional Director
Tobacco 21

Annie Tegen
Director, Western Region
Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids

Jen Mabery
Yavapai Anti-Tobacco Coalition of Youth (YATCY) Adult Coordinator
Health Educator
Yavapai County Community Health Services

or visit our sources:

Tobacco Free Kids Arizona: “The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is a leading force in the fight to reduce tobacco use and its deadly toll in the United States and around the world. Our vision: A future free of the death and disease caused by tobacco.”

American Lung Association State Report Card: “The ALA ‘State of Tobacco Control’ report tracks progress on key tobacco control policies at the state and federal levels, and assigns grades based on tobacco control laws and regulations in effect as of January 2, 2014.”

SLATI State Information Arizona: “SLATI (State Legislated Actions on Tobacco Issues) is an extensively researched and invaluable source of information on tobacco control laws and policy, and is the only up-to-date and comprehensive summary of state tobacco control laws.”

The Preventing Tobacco Addiction Foundation and the Campaign For Tobacco Free Kids support these four principles for Tobacco 21 ordinances:

1) Include all tobacco and nicotine products, specifically e-cigarettes. The only exceptions would be FDA recognized nicotine replacement products (gum, patch, etc.) intended for cessation.
2) Include significant enforcement provisions against illegal sales as research shows that consistent enforcement is of critical importance.
3) Not include any pre-emption against local authority in more stringent regulation of tobacco or other nicotine product sales, secondhand smoke, or e-cigarette vapor.
4) Ideally not include possession, usage, or purchase (PUP) penalties that result in criminal records, and instead place the onus on the purveyors of these addictive products.

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