So thankful to receive the news today that Governor Andrew Cuomo has included Tobacco21 in his Executive Budget! This proposal aims to drastically reduce smoking of cigarettes and e-cigarettes in young people by raising the legal purchasing age for tobacco products to 21, so even most middle and high schoolers’ “older friends” will be too young to buy them. It also bans e-cigarettes (which are NOT a healthy alternative – many contain as much or more nicotine as regular cigarettes!) and their misleadingly “fun” flavors like mango and Swedish Fish, from pharmacies, and requires that they be sold only at licensed retailers. Research shows if we can keep kids from smoking before they’re 21, their chances of ever picking up this deadly habit drop to only 2%! Let’s get these measures in place right away!
American Heart Association