Many organizations support raising the  minimum legal age for buying tobacco to 21. This page lists some of them.

 

Tobacco 21.org

Tobacco 21.org

The American parent organization, Tobacco21.org

“Age 21 reduces initiation in younger kids and inhibits consolidation of addiction in older teens.”

The case to take all nicotine and tobacco products to age 21.

Powerpoint Presentation

Counter Tobacco

Counter Tobacco

Counter tobacco

“Raising the minimum legal sale age to 21 has the potential to be an effective strategy to reduce tobacco use among young people by preventing more of them from ever picking up the habit.”

Tobacco 21 continues to gain momentum and spread across the country

Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids logo

Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids

Tobacco-free kids

“Raising the minimum legal sale age for tobacco products to 21 is a promising strategy to reduce smoking and other tobacco use among youth and save lives. A 21 sale age complements other strategies to reduce tobacco use, including higher tobacco taxes, strong smoke-free laws that include all workplaces and public places, and well-funded, sustained tobacco prevention and cessation programs.”

 

Institute of Medicine report

Institute of Medicine report

Institute of Medicine Report:

Public Health Implications of Raising the Minimum Age of Legal Access to Tobacco Products

“…raising the MLA will reduce tobacco use initiation, particularly among adolescents 15 to 17 years of age; improve the health of Americans across the lifespan; and save lives.”

American Lung Asociation

American Lung Association

The American Lung Association supports increasing the minimum age of sale of tobacco products. This new report from the IOM provides important evidence and shows that states and local communities should consider increasing the minimum age of sale for tobacco products as a potential policy to reduce youth tobacco use”
American Heart Association

American Heart Association

“Raising the minimum legal age of buying cigarettes and other tobacco products to 21 or higher could save lives by delaying, and even preventing, a significant number of adolescents from ever taking their first puff.”
American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network

American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network

“The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) supports raising the minimum age for sale of all tobacco products to age 21. Raising the minimum sale age to 21 … has the potential to reduce youth and young adult initiation.”
American Academy of Pediatrics

American Academy of Pediatrics

“The AAP now strongly recommends the minimum age to purchase tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, should be increased to age 21 nationwide.”

 

We should be ashamed

We should be ashamed

Tobacco 21 — An Idea Whose Time Has Come

Tobacco 21 — An Idea Whose Time Has Come

The most compelling argument for taking tobacco to age 21 comes from the tobacco industry itself: “Raising the legal minimum age for cigarette purchase to 21 could gut our key young adult market (17-20) where we sell about 25 billion cigarettes.” They know their markets; it’s time we listened.