vote yes on HB 1380
Dear [Decision Maker],
Indiana needs to do something about its smoking rate. We know that not only does the use of tobacco products have serious health implications, but it is also costing Indiana and its business community. Though raising the cigarette tax by $1.50 is the single best thing policymakers can do to reduce smoking rates and keep kids away from a lifetime of addiction there are other policies that can protect kids from the dangers of tobacco. One way we can make an impact is by increasing the age one can purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21-years-old.
Nearly 95 percent of adults who smoke started smoking before the age of 21 and nearly 100 percent started by age 26. This time period is when the brain is fully developing, including the parts responsible for decision making, impulse control, sensation seeking, and susceptibility to peer pressure. Adolescents and young adults are therefore a critical population to target with evidenced-based, tobacco control strategies. Raising the nicotine/tobacco age also better protects younger teens, as 90% of those who provide cigarettes to kids under 18 are themselves under 21.
As a Hoosier and American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network volunteer, I believe raising the purchasing age to 21 is a significant step towards preventing our children from ever starting smoking. Please vote yes on House Bill 1380.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP][Your Email]