Recent Updates! – Tobacco 21 Progress – Statewide Bill Tracker
3/3/2017 – State Affairs hearing, SB 1106 killed
2/20/2017 – SB 1106 printed, referred to State Affairs
1/23/2017 – Idaho Senate Bill 1106 introduced by Sen. Fred Martin, read and referred to Senate Public Health Committee

Idaho has below national average rates of both high school smoking and adult smoking. An estimated 30,000 of those now under the age of 18 will eventually die early due to smoking, with 800 children becoming daily smokers each year. The result is an annual health care cost of $508 million that is directly caused by smoking. The state spends 51.3% of the CDC recommended amount on tobacco prevention, but only has a $.57 tax per cigarette pack. Their legal code contains language clearly expressing that state law in no way preempts local governments from passing their own youth access regulations. This means raising the tobacco age to 21 could be a strong proposal in Idaho with increased support from localities. For more information, you may contact:

Eric Brodell
Western Regional Director
Tobacco 21

Jodi Radke
Director, Rocky Mountain / Great Plains Region
Tobacco Free Kids

or visit our sources:

Tobacco Free Kids Idaho: “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 Idaho: “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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