Raise the tobacco sales age to protect our kids
Dear [Decision Maker],
As a Granite Stater and a volunteer for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, I am writing to urge you to help protect New Hampshire kids from deadly tobacco products by voting Senate Bill 248 favorably out of committee.
While we have made great strides in reducing tobacco use, the tobacco industry continues to target our kids. To protect our children from becoming another nicotine-addicted generation, we need to do more.SB 248 prohibits stores from selling cigarettes, e-cigarettes and other tobacco products to people under age 21 by increasing the statewide age of sale for tobacco products to 21. This is critical in the state because:-23.8% of high school students in New Hampshire use e-cigarettes; -Almost half of 8th grade students and two thirds of 10th grade students say it's easy to get cigarettes from older siblings and acquaintances;-There is no evidence to support the claim that increasing the sales age of tobacco products to 19 removes these products from high schools; and-New Hampshire spends $729 million annually on health care costs directly caused by smoking.As you may know, 95% of adult smokers begin smoking before they turn 21. Tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable death, on track to kill more than 22,000 New Hampshire kids who are alive today.
As a Granite Staters, I'm asking you to be a champion against Big Tobacco and vote Senate Bill 248 favorably out of committee. I look forward to working with you this session to pass this important measure.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP][Your Email]