Sending Office: Honorable Diana DeGette
Help Save Lives:
Become a Cosponsor of the bipartisan Tobacco to 21
Endorsed by: American College of Cardiology, American Society of Echocardiography, American Society of Nuclear Cardiology, Association of Black Cardiologists, Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health, Action on Smoking
& Health, Allergy & Asthma Network, American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Association for Dental Research, American Association for Respiratory Care, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Heart Association,
American Lung Association, American Nonsmokers’ Rights, American Public Health Association, American Psychological Association, American Society of Addiction Medicine, American Society of Clinical Oncology, American Thoracic Society, Americans for Nonsmokers’
Rights, Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs, Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses, Big Cities Health Coalition, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Cancer Prevention and Treatment Fund, Catholic Health Association of the United
States, ClearWay Minnesota, Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, Counter Tools, Eta Sigma Gamma – National Health Education Honorary, Heart Failure Society of America, Hearth Rhythm Society, Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation, National Association
of County and City Health Officials, National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, National Association of School Nurses, National Network of Public Health Institutes, North American Quitline Consortium, Oncology Nursing Society, Society for Cardiovascular
Angiography and Interventions, Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance, Society for Public Health Education, Society for Vascular Medicine, Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography, Students Against Destructive Decisions, The Society of State Leaders
of Health and Physical Education, The Society of Thoracic Surgeons, Trinity Health, Trust for America’s Health
We invite you to become a cosponsor of the Tobacco to 21 Act (H.R. 2411), 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 16 states, the District of Columbia, and more than 480 localities that have raised their minimum tobacco sale age to 21.
If you have any questions or would like to cosponsor this bill, please contact Sherie Lou Santos (SherieLou.Santos@mail.house.gov with Congresswoman DeGette’s office or Luci Arveseth Griffiths (Luci.Griffiths@mail.house.gov)
with Congressman Stewart’s office.
Diana DeGette Chris Stewart
Member of Congress Member of Congress
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