#UpTheAge

TEENS WHO USE TOBACCO PRODUCTS ARE BEING EXPLOITED. PERIOD.

Doesn't that make you angry?

Oh, and they're pretty much doomed to live a life of smoking or tobacco use, even though there's a good chance their lives will be shortened because of tobacco use.1,2

And though they might not know this, teens may be living it: almost all nicotine use starts in adolescence, when experimentation and risk-taking are part of normal development.3 We’re looking at you, e-cigarettes.

Here's the part that should really upset you: early nicotine exposure alters teens’ brains and makes them addicts.4 Why? Because the human brain develops through the mid-twenties, making teens extra vulnerable to addiction.

But together, we can put a roadblock in the path to addiction – we can raise the minimum sales age of tobacco to 21. Raise your hand. Raise your voice.

#UpTheAge

TOBACCO 21 IS THE LAW OF THE LAND

In December 2019, the Tobacco 21 legislation was included in the federal year-end legislative package and passed by both houses of Congress. President Trump signed the bill into law on December 20, 2019 and it immediately took effect. Thank you to all who advocated for the bill.

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The younger smokers are when they start, the more likely they are to become addicted to nicotine.

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  1. The younger smokers are when they start the more likely they are to become addicted to nicotine. – U.S. Health and Human Services
  2. Life expectancy for smokers is at least 10 years shorter than for nonsmokers. – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  3. Nearly 9 out of 10 cigarette smokers first try cigarette smoking by age 18, and 98% first try smoking by age 26. – CDC
  4. Adolescents can get addicted more easily than adults, and the nicotine in e-cigarettes and other tobacco products can prime the adolescent brain for addiction to other drugs such as cocaine. – U.S. Surgeon General