Dear [Decision Maker],
As your constituent, I want to thank you for investing in Maine's future by supporting legislation that would raise the sale age of tobacco to 21. I was excited to see strong bipartisan support for LD 1170 during initial votes and urge you to continue your support until this important piece of legislation becomes law.
The impact of tobacco use in our state is dramatic and something needs to be done: -95% of all adult smokers began smoking before age 21. -An estimated 2,400 Maine adults die per year as a result of their own smoking. -There are an estimated 27,000 kids now under the age of 18 and alive in Maine who will ultimately die prematurely from smoking. -In Maine, healthcare costs directly caused by smoking have been estimated to total $811 million annually. Of this number, $261.6 million is covered by the state Medicaid program. -75% of U.S. adults, including 70% of smokers, support raising the legal sale age of tobacco to 21 years of age.
Once again, thank you for your support of LD 1170. I hope I can count on you to continue supporting this lifesaving legislation the next time it comes to a vote.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP][Your Email]