Increasing the legal sale age for tobacco products from 18 to 21 will reduce tobacco use among young people, save lives and help make the next generation tobacco-free!
hero_image_alt_text===Group of Youth Attending the Rhode Island Zombie Walk that promotes a Tobacco-Free RI.
thumbnail_alt_text===Group of Youth Attending the Rhode Island Zombie Walk that promotes a Tobacco-Free RI.
Our partners at Rhode Island KIDS COUNT recently released an Issue Brief entitled “Preventing Youth Tobacco Use in Rhode Island.” The good news – the brief shows that the policies we have fought so hard to enact are working! In fact, the Ocean State has the lowest self-reported rate of current cigarette use for both middle and high school students among ranked states nationally. The bad news – until these rates are zero, they are still too high. We are also facing new challenges with youth using e-cigarettes and other tobacco products.
One of the recommendations in the issue brief is raising the minimum legal sale age (MLSA) for tobacco products from 18 to 21. This is a top priority for the American Heart Association. We will need help from You’re the Cure advocates like YOU as we pursue this issue at the RI State House and in cities & towns across the state.
You can start today by telling your elected officials to support #Tobacco21RI. Click here to take action now: http://act.yourethecure.org/lf8rVgo
Together we can reduce tobacco use among young people, save lives and help make the next generation tobacco-free!