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Protect kids from BIG tobacco

Dear [Decision Maker],

As your constituent, 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 the age of 21.

Tobacco 21 is predicted to reduce smoking prevalence by about 12 percent and smoking-related deaths by nearly 10 percent for future generations. Tobacco 21 will cover all tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes.

Nationwide, three out of four adults support tobacco 21, including seven out of ten adults who smoke., Seven states and at least 420 localities have already passed laws to prohibit the sale of tobacco products to those under age 21. It's time for Maryland to join them!.

The House hearing for HB 1169 will be on Wednesday, February 27th and the Senate hearing for SB 895 is February 28th. Please SUPPORT this bill and vote FAVORABLY for SB 895/HB 1169. Our Maryland children's lives depend on it! Thank you.

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