103,000 Massachusetts Kids Alive Today Will Die From Smoking if Nothing is Done!
hero_image_alt_text===Riley wants to be a dentist, not a smoker
thumbnail_alt_text===Riley wants to be a dentist, not a smoker
I know Riley doesn’t want to be one of them. Riley wants to be a dentist.
95% of adults who smoke started before age 21. According to the Institute of Medicine, raising the national sale age of tobacco products to 21 could help reduce the prevalence of smoking by 12%, saving lives and dollars.
Tobacco use continues to be a significant public health concern and a leading cause of preventable death in the Commonwealth. Though we have made some great strides, nearly 24% of high school students report using e-cigarettes, and 2,800 kids under 18 become new daily smokers each year. Because of the addictive nature of nicotine, experimentation or initiation of tobacco use among youth and young adults is particularly troubling. This is a critical period for growth and development, one during which the brain may be especially susceptible and sensitive to the effects of nicotine. Increasing the minimum legal sale age (MLSA) for tobacco products to 21 would reduce our youth’s access to, and use of, tobacco products.