21 young people from across the state gave lawmakers 21 reasons to pass legislation to raise the sale age of tobacco products
On October 25th 21 young people from across the state gave lawmakers 21 reasons to pass legislation to raise the sale age of tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, to 21 in Massachusetts. #Tobacco21MA. Every year in Massachusetts, nearly 3,000 kids become new daily smokers, and 103,000 kids in the state under the age of 18 now will ultimately die prematurely from smoking. Legislation (S.1218/H2864) would raise the sale age of tobacco products from 18 to 21. The importance of doing so cannot be understated since 95 percent of smokers say they started before the age of 21. Tobacco 21 legislation has been implemented on the local level in nearly 160 cities and towns across Massachusetts, including Boston, Worcester, and Lowell. Several other municipalities are considering similar regulations. Last session, Tobacco 21 legislation had widespread, bi-partisan support on Beacon Hill, with passage in the state Senate and more than 100 House sponsors. Advocates are urging lawmakers to pass this commonsense legislation statewide this year.