Protect kids from BIG tobacco
Dear [Decision Maker],
I am asking you to SUPPORT SB 895/HB 1169 Business Regulation - Tobacco Products and Electronic Smoking Devices - Revisions. By now, you have probably heard in the news about the rise in youth using e-cigarettes (electronic smoking devices) or "vaping" as the industry calls it, and how quickly youth are getting addicted. While electronic smoking devices are the number one tobacco product youth are using in Maryland, they are also using the following products (listed in order of prevalence): cigars, cigarettes and smokeless tobacco. Sadly, these products are reversing the success our state has had with preventing youth from using tobacco products. Now, we are calling on you, our state lawmakers, to pass legislation to prohibit stores from selling cigarettes, e-cigarettes, and other tobacco products to people under age 21. Research shows that teens often turn to their older classmates for tobacco products. Since most 21 year-olds are not enrolled in high school, raising the sales age promises to reduce the number of high school students who can legally be sold tobacco products. Tobacco 21 is predicted to reduce smoking prevalence by about 12 percent and smoking-related deaths by nearly 10 percent for future generations.
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