Please sign the petition to ask your local officials to support raising the legal age to purchase all tobacco products from 18 to 21.
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thumbnail_alt_text===90% of smokers start before age 18
We can do more to prevent kids from becoming addicted to tobacco. National consensus is growing. Let’s prevent addiction and future health problems by ensuring that tobacco products are only sold to adults 21 and older. Encourage your community to join the 21 other Illinois municipalities such as Chicago, Highland Park, Elk Grove Village, Washington and most recently Aurora in raising the minimum age to purchase tobacco from 18 to 21.
The National Academy of Medicine reports that there would be a 25 percent reduction in smoking initiation among 15-to-17-year-olds if the age to purchase tobacco was raised to 21. Preventing youth from starting to smoke is essential to reducing smoking prevalence, considering that almost 95 percent of addicted adult smokers start before age 21. Increasing the age gap between kids and those who can legally buy tobacco will help remove access to tobacco products from the high-school environment and stop the start.