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Dover City Council increases age to sell tobacco to 21

Youth in Dover NH succeed in passing local Tobacco 21 policy.

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I am so pleased to announce the City of Dover is the first community in New Hampshire to pass a local ordinance to raise the minimum legal sales age for tobacco products to 21!!

As you may know, the AHA and other partners, including Dover Youth to Youth, had advocated for a bill this year to pass a statewide law - that, unfortunately, was tabled by the Senate. Buoyed by the attention the issue captured during the legislation, the Dover youth asked their city council to consider a local ordinance regarding tobacco sales. On June 27th the Dover City Council voted to pass Tobacco 21!

As we all know, this is a giant step forward for the young people of New Hampshire. Keene youth are working on the same campaign for their community. If you think your community is ready to consider a Tobacco 21 ordinance, let me know! Until next January when the legislature meets again, we are hoping to keep the momentum going and keep young people engaged, by working on T21 at the local level!

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