T21

The name T21 sounds like the subtitle to an Arnold Schwarzenegger sequel. However, its a public policy sweeping across states and has even received some support from President Trump. T21 or Tobacco to 21 is an effort to raise the legal purchasing age to 21. Over 500 city/county jurisdictions and 18 states have enacted this as a law.

Public policy advisors everywhere have worked to get this into law. A recent Gallup poll found that a majority of Americans agree. Last year, in a West Virginia legislative hearing, Bureau for Public Health Commissioner Dr. Cathy Slemp was asked about an exemption for military members. Dr. Slemp showed where even the United State DOD doesn’t want their young women and men smoking. Unhealthy behaviors are bad for military readiness.

The truth is recent studies have shown that these laws reduce smoking rates in young people age 18-20. The other thing we know, is that the longer people avoid picking up this habit, the less apt they are to be a cigarette smoker in the future, which means healthier, longer lives. And if you aren’t a smoker and wonder how this affects you, less smokers will eventually help with health insurance costs.

For more information, go to tobacco21.org.

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