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Young cosponsors bill to ban sale of tobacco/vaping products to minors

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U.S. Sen. Todd Young, R-Ind., has joined bipartisan legislation which would prohibit the sale of tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, to anyone under the age of 21.

“The nationwide epidemic of tobacco and electronic cigarette use among high school and middle school students can no longer be ignored,” Young said in a statement released this week. “Roughly 95 percent of adult smokers began smoking before the age of 21, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that smoking-related illness in the United States costs more than $300 billion a year. More must be done at the federal level to prevent future smokers from starting, and experts consistently recommend raising the tobacco age as a top priority to protect our kids and reduce health care costs.”

“Every day, approximately 1,300 people die from smoking-related diseases, making tobacco the leading cause of preventable death in the United States,” the statement said. “Research from the National Academy of Medicine shows that raising the minimum legal age of sale of tobacco products to 21 nationwide would reduce the number of new tobacco users, decrease smoking frequency by 12 percent, and save more than 220,000 lives from deaths related to smoking. Approximately 95 percent of adult smokers begin smoking before they turn 21.”

“This legislation comes at a critical time - our youth face an e-cigarette epidemic, and increasing the minimum age of sale to 21 will help reduce the number of young people who use and become addicted,” said Harold Wimmer, National President of the American Lung Association.

“The Tobacco to 21 Act takes bold and necessary action to reduce tobacco use among youth and young adults,” said Nancy Brown, CEO of the American Heart Association. “With 95 percent of tobacco users having started their life-threatening habit before age 21, raising the minimum sales age for all tobacco products to 21 nationwide will reduce tobacco use, nicotine addiction and tobacco-related disease and death.”


Posted 5/2/2019




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