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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.

In 2015, 9.3 percent of high school students smoked conventional cigarettes, 7.2 percent reported using hookah or water pipes, and 16 percent were using electronic cigarettes. According to a report released by the U.S. Surgeon General in December 2016, use of e-cigarettes by high school students rose by a whopping 900 percent between 2011 and 2015. Among young adults aged 18-20, 24 percent report smoking cigarettes and 10.2 percent smoke cigars. It is important that any effort to reverse these trends include ALL tobacco products.

Increasing the purchasing age will help keep tobacco out of high schools, where younger teens often obtain tobacco products from 18-year-olds and deter Idaho teens from ever starting.

I urge you as a member of the Senate State Affairs Committee to vote Yes to send S1106 to the floor with a "Do Pass" recommendation.

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