underage tobacco prevention

The Issue:

Tobacco products should only be available to adults and sold by licensed and regulated tobacco retailers.

Underage Tobacco Prevention

Tobacco Issues supports fully restricting the sale of all tobacco products to kids, as well as strict enforcement of these restrictions by state and municipal authorities.

Efforts by political leaders, tobacco companies, and retailers have driven underage use of conventional tobacco products to historic lows. We believe the best answer for reducing youth tobacco use is enforcing the newly enacted federal minimum age of 21. Data shows that youth under 18 get tobacco products primarily through social sources, including peers in high school who previously were of the legal age of 18. The new minimum age of 21 should go a long way toward reducing youth access to these products.


Help Stop Suffolk County from Increasing the Legal Age to 25

The Suffolk County Legislature is considering a Local Law to increase the legal age of purchase for tobacco products from 21 to 25 years old.   

Raising the legal age to 25 years old would create inconsistencies with how the state and federal government define adulthood for most every purpose, such as purchasing alcohol.  

The legal age is already 21 years old and this law would have many unintended consequences. Tell your Legislators you oppose this Local Law and any other attempts to unfairly target adult tobacco consumers.  

Your Voice Can Make a Difference. Contact Your County Legislator Today.  

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A Phoenix City Councilmember stated he will introduce a TOTAL flavor ban on all tobacco products – including menthol cigarettes, flavored dip, and flavored cigars!

A total flavor ban would threaten many local businesses like yours across the city. This unfair ordinance could be introduced soon. Please speak up and tell the City Council that if adult customers can’t buy their preferred tobacco products in your store, many will go just outside of the city or to tribal reservation stores to get them.

Take action today! With just a few clicks, you can send the City Council a message.  

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