What Is Tobacco 21?
Tobacco 21 is a national campaign taking a local approach to raising the tobacco sales age from 18 to 21 years of age. Currently, over 290 cities and five states have already raised the age to 21.
Why Raise the Age?
- In Summit County, 1 in 7 kids (13.5%) in 9th - 12th grade has used cigarettes in the last 30 days.
- Kids who use tobacco commonly get it from people between ages 18-20.
- Youth addicted to nicotine are 7 times more likely to have a drug use disorder.
- The brain is still developing during the late teens and early 20s, and the probability of nicotine addiction is especially high during this time.
PROVEN TO WORK
- Just 2% of tobacco sales (under 21) produce 90% of new smokers.
- People who have not used tobacco by age 21 are unlikely to ever start.
- Research shows that a sales age of 21 across the U.S. could result in:
- 286,000 fewer pre-term births
- 438,000 fewer babies with low birth weight
- Smoking-related illnesses hurt our health and our wealth. Hospital patients who smoke have longer stays and higher medical costs than non-smokers.
- A sales age of 21 across the U.S. would save society an estimated $212 billion over a 50-year period.
POPULAR ACROSS THE USA
- 75% of adults support raising the age to 21, including 70% of smokers.
- 5 states and more than 290 U.S. cities have already raised the age to 21.
LETTERS OF SUPPORT
For more information about Tobacco 21, contact:
Cory Kendrick, Director of Population Health
Summit County Public Health