Nevada has a well below national average rate of high school smoking, and an above national average rate of adult smoking. An estimated 41,000 children now under the age of 18 will eventually die prematurely due to smoking, with 1,100 children becoming daily smokers each year. The result is an annual health care cost of $1.08 billion that is directly caused by smoking. Unfortunately the state spends only 6.4% of the CDC recommended amount on tobacco prevention. Also of concern is the preemption language included in the state law, which prohibits local governments from enacting stricter youth access regulations. In order for Tobacco 21 to be a viable local option in Nevada, this language would need to be altered or removed. For more information you may contact:

Eric Brodell
Western Regional Director
Tobacco 21

Annie Tegen
Director, Western Region
Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids

or visit our sources:

Tobacco Free Kids Nevada: “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 Nevada: “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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