In an effort to reduce tobacco use and tobacco related illnesses in the community, the Anchorage Assembly is considering an ordinance to raise the tobacco sale age from 19 to 21. Tobacco use remains a leading cause of preventable death in Alaska, claiming more than 600 lives each year. In addition, since 2011 there has been a huge increase in e-cigarette use among middle and high school students causing the U.S. Surgeon General to call it an “epidemic” for our youth. We can’t let this trend continue. We need to take action now!
The American Heart Association along with other health partners is excited to see the Anchorage Assembly considering taking this step and we look forward to helping craft a strong policy that will protect kids from the dire effects of tobacco and e-cigarette use. Research tells us that 95% of smokers start by the age of 21. If passed this ordinance will help keep tobacco products out of our middle and high schools and away from younger kids.
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