For many, tobacco addiction is a struggle that can last a lifetime. The best way to lower your risk of serious health problems is to never start. That’s why raising the tobacco sales age from 18 to 21 nationwide is so important.
In March, the American Heart Association launched Tobacco Endgame, an effort to end tobacco use and prevent the needless health risks it poses. One major goal is to raise the minimum age for buying tobacco. But Congress won’t act unless they hear from concerned citizens and parents like you. In just 30 seconds, you can email your senator and ask Congress to prevent children, young adults and teens from accessing addictive tobacco products. Visit www.senate.gov to find your senator’s contact information.
We know that 95 percent of adult tobacco users started smoking before they turned 21. We also know that most 15- to 17-year-olds get tobacco products from friends and classmates who have already turned 18. By raising the age of sale to 21, we cut off many of these social sources and help remove tobacco products from schools.
Please join the American Heart Association and thousands of advocates across the country in demanding that our senators raise the tobacco sales age to 21. Will you join our campaign and keep your family Healthy for Good?