Sending Office: Honorable Chris Stewart
Sent By:
Luci.Griffiths@mail.house.gov

Help Save Lives:

Become an Original Cosponsor of the bipartisan Tobacco to 21
Act

Endorsed by: Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, American Lung Association, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Heart Association, Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs, American Academy of Pediatrics

Dear Colleague:

We invite you to become an original cosponsor of the Tobacco to 21
Act
, which would prohibit retailers from selling tobacco products to individuals under the age of 21—a step that a growing number of cities and states across the country have already taken.

Raising the minimum age of sale for tobacco products to age 21 will help address the growing youth e-cigarette epidemic in our nation. The latest data from the CDC and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) identified a 78 percent increase in high school student
e-cigarette use between 2017 and 2018.  In just one year, the number of middle school and high school e-cigarette users increased by 1.5 million students.  More than one in five high school students were current e-cigarette users in 2018. 

The recent sharp increase in youth e-cigarette use threatens to undo decades of progress in reducing youth tobacco use. Raising the legal minimum tobacco sale age to 21 can help curb teen smoking rates by putting a larger age gap between those who can legally
purchase tobacco and teens, which will reduce the exposure and ultimately usage rate among teens. 

It’s time that federal law catch-up with the eleven states, the District of Columbia, and more than 140 localities in an additional 15 states that have raised their minimum tobacco sale age to 21.

If you have any questions or would like to cosponsor this bill, please contact Tom Woodburn (Thomas.Woodburn@mail.house.gov) with Congresswoman DeGette’s office or Luci Arveseth Griffiths (Luci.Griffiths@mail.house.gov)
with Congressman Stewart’s office.    

 

Sincerely,

 

                                                       Diana DeGette                                                  Chris Stewart

                                                 Member of Congress                                      Member of Congress

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