Please vote YES on S1106 Raise Minimum Age of Sale for Tobacco Products to 21
Dear [Decision Maker],
As an Idaho resident concerned about protecting the health of our kids and preventing premature death from cancer, heart disease, or other illnesses resulting from tobacco use, I urge you to vote Yes on S1106 to raise the minimum age of sale for tobacco products to 21.Raising Idaho's minimum age of sale for tobacco products to 21 can help deter over 1,100 Idaho youth from becoming new regular smokers each year. It is estimated that about 30,000 Idaho kids now under age 18 in Idaho will ultimately die prematurely from smoking if we continue on our current course. Ninety-five percent of adult smokers began smoking before they turned 21, and more than 75% of adult smokers transitioned to regular, daily smoking before age 21. The Institute of Medicine concluded that raising the age of legal access to tobacco products to 21 will likely have a significant impact on preventing or delaying initiation of tobacco use by adolescents and young adults, immediately improve their health, improve maternal, fetal, and infant health outcomes, and substantially reduce tobacco use and tobacco-related mortality over time.
Respectfully,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP][Your Email]