“Truth Initiative® strongly supports raising the minimum age of sale for all tobacco products to 21 as part of a strong tobacco control policy program.”

Truth® is one of the most prevalent tobacco control groups in the United States. Established in 1999, Truth® takes a unique stance on the tobacco use epidemic by focusing on media influence among youth and young adults. We are happy to see their fervent support of tobacco 21 policies. In their statement, published on truthinitiative.org, they point out many important justifications behind raising the minimum legal sales age.

A system of policies

T21 must have companion policies to work effectively. This point is very important; no one law can solve the pervasiveness of tobacco use. Tobacco is present in our day-to-day lives through many different avenues. Media influence in movies and TV shows, point of sale (POS) advertising and now e-cigarette advertising all contribute to this presence.

Truth® notes that many different angles are effective at strengthening the system of tobacco control policies, especially among localities. Price control, POS advertising restrictions, smoke free environments, and media campaigns are all useful tools. Additionally, Truth® stresses the importance of placing the onus of responsibility on the retailer rather than buyer.

Enforcement that works

While Truth’s support document points towards many concepts related to Tobacco Retail Licensing, they do not offer this as a suggestion for local innovation. At the Preventing Tobacco Addiction Foundation, we believe heavily in the importance of TRL, especially at the local level. A TRL can be easily amended to include important provisions such as flavor bans, retailer distance requirements, and compliance checks. Licensing is a powerful tool for localities to improve the effectiveness of their youth access laws. Check out our Enforcement Memo for more information on retail licensing of tobacco products in your city or town.

Make sure to visit the Truth Initiative’s website and check out the great resources they have to offer for your tobacco prevention efforts!

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T21 was unanimously approved by the Roseville City Council on Monday.

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Agree...deter teen smoking??? Hahaha...they are ADULTS at 18...wow!!

So you can't drink booze or smoke butts, yet you're able to vote for government officials and enlist in the military and risk your life to defend the laws that prohibit you from drinking booze or smoking butts?

T21 laws combine with STEEP & IMMEDIATE increases in tobacco taxes for a tobacco-free generation. #BeTheFirst medium.com/@TobaccoFreeSC/how-a-tobacco-tax-increase-can-save-s-c-billions-by-snuffing-out-new-sm... By a unanimous vote: www.fox9.com/news/shoreview-city-council-votes-to-raise-age-to-buy-tobacco-to-21 www.silive.com/news/2018/06/minimum_price_for_a_pack_of_ci.html#incart_2box_silive-homepage-featured Teenagers, aka children, on allowances and twentysomethings in entry level jobs are easily priced 💵 out of the tobacco market, and by the time their salaries increase later in life they are past the age when 95% of nicotine substance abusers start 🚬 smoking. Teen smoking is furnished by both illegal sales of tobacco to minors and tobacco supplied to minors by older friends, therefore, raising the tobacco age to 21 puts the sources outside the circle of friends of high school kids. juneauempire.com/local/2015-02-03/juneau-assembly-approves-big-hike-local-tobacco-taxes-e-cigaret... T21 helps cut the supply of cigarettes to underage smokers: '95 percent of adult smokers started smoking before age 21. Tajh, 19, is not surprised to hear that. He said he often gets asked by his underage peers to buy them cigarettes, and it gives him chills everytime. He became slightly emotional when talking about how one of his friends approached him with that request. "Eventually, I did tell him, 'No,' " Tajh said. "But the mere fact that he asked me -- it's hard." Kyleel Iniguez said it is crucial that more teenagers speak loudly and publicly on this issue, because public information campaigns ...are not as personal and influential as peers.' www.spectrumlocalnews.com/nys/hudson-valley/news/2018/06/07/two-teen-brothers-campaign-against-un... www.wecard.org Juul Labs announced support for raising the legal age to buy tobacco products to 21. www.fool.com/investing/2018/05/12/the-fda-cracks-down-on-a-leading-e-cig-maker.aspx

City councils don't have the power to do that has to come from the state mpls is over stepping tooo

Stupid..if they want to smoke they will.

21 is the way to go on putting a minimum age limit.

What a joke.

Dumbest thing ever

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After a city-wide vote, San Francisco is the first city in the United States preventing the sale of flavored products including menthols and flavored vape juice.

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After a city-wide vote, San Francisco is the first city in the United States preventing the sale of flavored products including menthols and flavored vape juice. 

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Stupid state

Smart move since it will save people's lives/health.