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#UpTheAge in Your State and Support the American Lung Association's Tobacco 21 Campaign!

Please Support the American Lung Association’s Tobacco 21

Please support raising the minimum legal sales age for all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, from 18 to 21.  This will help reduce youth tobacco use and protect future generations from a lifetime of tobacco addiction.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention nearly 90 percent of smokers try their first cigarettes before the age of 18 and from the ages of 18 to 21 many smokers transition from experimenting to regular use. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services indicates that e-cigarette use has increased 900 percent among high school students from 2011 to 2015. Raising the minimum age for tobacco sales to 21 will help to prevent youth from starting to use tobacco products.

Tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable death in the United States, killing more than 480,000 Americans each year. It is known to cause cancer, heart disease, stroke, lung disease, and other respiratory health disorders and Type 2 Diabetes, and costs the nation over $332 billion in health care costs and lost productivity each year.

A 2015 report from the National Academy of Medicine found that raising the minimum age for legal purchase to at least 21 years old will significantly reduce smoking rates. The Academy concluded that raising the minimum age to 21 nationwide will prevent about 223,000 deaths among people born between 2000 and 2019.

Three out of 4 American adults--including 7 in 10 cigarette smokers--favor raising the minimum age of sale for all tobacco products to 21, according to a 2015 study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

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  • Your State Senator or Senators
  • Your State Representative or Representatives

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Please Support the American Lung Association's Tobacco 21

Dear [Decision Maker],

Please support raising the minimum legal sales age for all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, from 18 to 21. This will help reduce youth tobacco use and protect future generations from a lifetime of tobacco addiction.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention nearly 90 percent of smokers try their first cigarettes before the age of 18 and from the ages of 18 to 21 many smokers transition from experimenting to regular use. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services indicates that e-cigarette use has increased 900 percent among high school students from 2011 to 2015. Raising the minimum age for tobacco sales to 21 will help to prevent youth from starting to use tobacco products.

Tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable death in the United States, killing more than 480,000 Americans each year. It is known to cause cancer, heart disease, stroke, lung disease, and other respiratory health disorders and Type 2 Diabetes, and costs the nation over $332 billion in health care costs and lost productivity each year.

A 2015 report from the National Academy of Medicine found that raising the minimum age for legal purchase to at least 21 years old will significantly reduce smoking rates. The Academy concluded that raising the minimum age to 21 nationwide will prevent about 223,000 deaths among people born between 2000 and 2019.

Three out of 4 American adults--including 7 in 10 cigarette smokers--favor raising the minimum age of sale for all tobacco products to 21, according to a 2015 study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Become a lung health champion, support Tobacco 21.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]
[Your Email]

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