NH: Ask House leadership to include T21 in a legislative package

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  • State Representative Stephen 'Steve' J. Shurtleff
  • State Representative Kermit R. Williams
  • State Representative Edward 'Ed' A. Butler

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Include SB 248 in any legislative package

Dear [Decision Maker],

As a volunteer for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, I am writing to ask you to please include SB 248: An Act increasing the age for sales and possession of tobacco products in any legislative package that you might work to pass when the legislature is back in session.

SB 248 would prohibit 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, more than the national average;
- 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;
- New Hampshire spends $729 million annually on health care costs directly caused by smoking; and
- It is important that New Hampshire law mirrors federal law to ensure consistency and to protect critical federal funding.

At this critical moment, we must do everything in our power to keep our communities healthy and safe--which means building strong public health infrastructure including comprehensive tobacco control measures to reduce the burden of tobacco related death and disease.

I look forward to your support on this important issue.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]
[Your Email]