We're excited that Delaware has joined the growing number of states that have adopted a tobacco 21 law, which will further restrict minors access to all tobacco products. On April 17th, Delaware Governor John Carney signed state legislation that prohibits the sale of all tobacco products to anyone under 21.
AHA advocates and staff, who were at Legislative Hall for Delaware Lobby Day attended the bill signing along with our tobacco coalition partners and the Kick Butts Generation; as well as DANTE (Delawareans Against Nicotine and Tobacco Exposure.
Over 6% of Delaware’s high school students smoke and nearly 14% use e-cigarettes. Tobacco use has a devastating human and financial toll in the state- killing 1,400 Delawareans each year and costing more than $530 million in health care costs. Raising the minimum legal sales age for all tobacco products will reduce tobacco use among Delaware’s teens and young adults. As a result, it will reduce health care costs and save lives.
This new law marks another step forward in our tobacco endgame strategy. To learn more visit: https://newsroom.heart.org/news/american-heart-association-forecasts-endgame-for-tobacco-and-nicotine-use-6747967
In the coming months, we anticipate working alongside our advocates to help take Wilmington's healthier kids meals policies statewide, with the introduction of legislation sponsored by Rep. Melissa Minor Brown. Please follow us on our Healthy4Delaware Facebook page to learn more and get involved!