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Recent updates! – Tobacco 21 Progress
Maine is another success story for Tobacco 21 enacting a statewide law to raise the sales age to 21 on July 1, 2018!
After Portland boldly became the first city to adopt Tobacco 21 in 2016, the state legislature took notice and introduced their own bill, which passed in 2017 and was subsequently signed into law. The council members and advocates in Portland deserve praise for their initiative in introducing Tobacco 21 to the state.
Maine’s high school and adult smoking rates are currently higher than the national rates comparatively. There are an estimated 27,000 children now under the age of 18 who will eventually die prematurely due to smoking. There are currently 600 children becoming daily smokers each year. The result is an annual health care cost of $811 million that is directly caused by smoking, and another $647 million in lost productivity. The state spends 42.5% of the CDC recommended amount of tobacco prevention, and has a $2.00 tax per pack. This coupled with the new Tobacco 21 law, should cause rates to decline in the near future.
For More Information, Please Contact:
- Shannon Quinby
- Tobacco 21
- Eastern Regional Director
- Kevin O’Flaherty
- Tobacco Free Kids
- Played a direct role in shaping NYC’s historic T21 legislation.
Director Northeastern Region