Currently, Montana has an above national average rate of high school smoking and adult smoking. There is an estimated 19,000 children now under the age 18 who will die early due to smoking, with 500 children becoming daily smokers every year. The state does spend 51.1% of the CDC recommended amount on tobacco prevention, and has increased this since 2016. The state also imposes a tax of $1.70 per pack. Unfortunately, the state law contains preemption language regarding youth access to tobacco. In order for Tobacco 21 to be a viable option for local governments in Montana, this language would need to be altered or removed. 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 Montana: “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 twelfth annual American Lung Association “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 Montana: “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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