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.

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Tell California Lawmakers: Don't Hurt My Business!

The California economy and small businesses in particular are struggling. Yet, the California Legislature is one step away from passing SB 793, which includes a ban on flavored tobacco products, including menthol cigarettes and mint and wintergreen dip but exempts flavored hookah and expensive cigars. It is an unfair bill, that picks winners and losers.     

This ban will be considered by the full Assembly, the last stop in the legislative process, the week of August 24th!  

California legislators need to focus on helping our small businesses right now, not hurting them. While youth vaping is very problematic, youth smoking and tobacco usage is at historic lows. Please ask your legislator not to use the youth vaping epidemic to unnecessarily hurt your business by overextending this ban to traditional tobacco products.  

It takes just 30 seconds today to email your lawmaker.  

Feel free to edit the letter on the next page and then press “Send” to deliver the message to your legislator today! 

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CITY OF CHICAGO: STOP A BAN ON MENTHOL CIGARETTES, FLAVORED DIP, AND FLAVORED CIGARS!

The Chicago City Council is considering a total flavor ban on all tobacco products, including menthol cigarettes, flavored dip, and flavored cigars. 

Ordinance 3388 would threaten local businesses across the city.  We need to speak up and tell the City Council that addressing the youth vaping epidemic should not lead the Council to overextend to traditional tobacco products.

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

Feel free to edit the letter on the next page and then press “Send” to deliver the message to City Council.

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