Supporting 21 as the Legal Age to Purchase Tobacco Products
Kids should not use or have access to tobacco products, including e-vapor products. After decades of decreases in the underage use of tobacco products, use of e-vapor products among kids increased to alarming levels in 2018. This is unacceptable.
Non-combustible tobacco products, such as smokeless tobacco, e-vapor products and heat-not-burn products, offer the 22 million adult smokers who are interested in reduced-risk choices an opportunity to switch from combustible cigarettes. But an increase in underage use of tobacco products may jeopardize this important choice for adult smokers 21+.
We believe that raising the minimum age to 21 to purchase tobacco products is the most effective action to further reduce underage tobacco use and reverse rising underage e-vapor usage rates. And we believe this action will help preserve the harm reduction opportunity that these types of products present to adult smokers.