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.
RULES & FEES
Please note that all tobacco retailers in the City of Akron will receive a letter with more information on the week of May 21st, 2018.
The ordinance will officially go into effect on October 1st, 2018.
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.
Tobacco Use Data Brief: The City of Akron
Tobacco Use Data Brief: Summit County
LETTERS OF SUPPORT
For more information about Tobacco 21, contact:
Cory Kendrick, Director of Population Health
Summit County Public Health