I Support Tobacco 21!
Dear [Decision Maker],
As your constituent, I urge you to cosponsor S.3978/A.273, legislation to raise the age for the legal sale of tobacco products to 21. Please contact Assemblywoman Rosenthal and Senator Savino to add your name to the bill! Tobacco 21 is a promising strategy to help reduce smoking rates. Why raise the age for the sale of tobacco products? Consider these facts: the use of tobacco products is the nation's number one cause of preventable death. Ninety-five percent of adults who smoke started this deadly addiction before the age of 21.
However, recent evidence shows raising the legal age for the sale of tobacco products to 21 can put a serious dent in smoking rates. A March 2015 report by the Institute of Medicine (IOM), The Public Health Implications of Raising the Minimum Age of Legal Access to Tobacco Products, reviewed existing literature on tobacco use initiation, developmental biology and psychology, and tobacco policy. The IOM report predicts that raising the national minimum age for the sale of tobacco products to 21 will likely lead to a 12 percent reduction in smoking prevalence.
Raising the age of sale for tobacco products would be an important step forward in the fight against cancer - one that California, Hawaii, Maine, New Jersey, Oregon, and over 200 localities in 14 states have already taken. Currently 14 localities in NY have passed Tobacco 21 - in fact, most state residents live in area with a Tobacco 21 law. Don't all New York youth deserve the same protection from Big Tobacco?I urge you to help make New York a national leader in public health by cosponsoring the Tobacco 21 bill, S.3978/A.273.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]