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Include tobacco retail licensing with increasing purchase age to 21
Dear [Decision Maker],
As a Denver resident, I appreciate your efforts and leadership thus far to consider a policy that protects Denver's kids by raising the age of sale on tobacco in Denver from 18 to 21. Roughly 95 percent of adult smokers began smoking before they turned 21. Policies, such as the one being considered, are a critical part of affecting the rate of initiation by kids and will help to eliminate a critical point of access that kids have to tobacco. We know this policy can be an effective barrier to kids becoming addicted to nicotine and tobacco, and that it has the potential to have a positive impact on public health and save lives. The tobacco industry continues to target Colorado kids with its deceptive marketing practices, spending $140 million annually. We must be vigilant in protecting Colorado's kids from the tobacco industry's outreach and efforts to addict them.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP][Your Email]