Genesee County is now Michigan's second Tobacco 21 community!
On February 14th, the Genesee County Board of Commissioners voted 7-2 in favor of raising the minimum legal sale age of all tobacco products to 21. The regulation takes effect in 90 days.
Increasing the minimum legal sale age for tobacco products to 21 will reduce our youth’s access to, and use of, tobacco products. Last year the City of Ann Arbor became the first city in Michigan to enact a Tobacco 21 ordinance.
In 2013, 2.1 million people smoked cigarettes for the first time, half of which were under the age of 18. In fact, nearly 90% of smokers begin before age 18, and 95% begin before turning 26.
We know that the younger people are when they smoke their first cigarette, the more likely they will be a smoker for life. The bottom line is tobacco 21 ordinances will help save lives. Thank you to all the advocates who contacted their County Commissioners in support of this regulation!