It’s more than just a number
Show you support raising the legal buying age for tobacco
States to raise the legal buying age for tobacco from 18 to 21 years old.
Tobacco is the number one cause of preventable death and disease in the US, with 540,000 deaths a year due to tobacco use. In 2014, the Surgeon General estimated that if tobacco use trends remain on this path, 5.6 million US youth will die prematurely due to smoking. Since 95% of smokers have already picked up the habit by age 21, we know that a significant portion of new smokers start in their teens.
Raising the buying age will have a huge impact on smoking and addiction rates. We’ve seen it in states who have already raised the age and we’ve seen it have huge success with alcohol. More on that here.
How can we make noise?
Sign the petition letting your state know you support raising the legal buying age for tobacco to 21. According to Tobacco21.org, if someone makes it to age 21 without becoming a smoker, their chances of starting are only 2%. There’s 5.6 million lives at stake — add your voice to the fight.