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The Tobacco 21 initiative calls on Pennsylvania to raise the minimum legal age of sale for all tobacco products from 18 to 21. Pennsylvania does not currently have Tobacco 21 legislation, leaving youth vulnerable to nicotine addiction and adverse health impacts.

 

THE STATS

Nearly 95% of cigarette smokers try their first cigarette before the age 21.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

32.3% of Pennsylvania high school students use tobacco or nicotine products.

State of Tobacco Control, 2018

244,000 kids under age 18 in Pennsylvania will ultimately die prematurely from smoking if current rates don't change.

Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids

40.8% of Pennsylvania high school students have used an e-cigarette at least once, and 24.1% of high school students currently use e-cigarettes.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 

21 REASONS WHY

TFYC members traveled around York County to capture reasons why parents, educators, health care providers and community members support raising the legal age to purchase tobacco from 18 to 21.

Locations depicted in these images do not necessarily support Tobacco 21. The viewpoints are those of TFYC members and community members.

 

Pam Miller

TFYC Member

Working with adults every day that started using tobacco at a very young age, I would love to think that we can save lives and help prevent a lifelong Tobacco addiction. A piece of my heart breaks EVERY single time I hear someone say “ I wish I would of never picked up that first cigarette as a teenager.”

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

CAMPAIGN FOR TOBACCO FREE KIDS

TRU IN PA - UP THE AGE

TOBACCO 21