Where we stand: raising the tobacco age to 21
Truth Initiative supports raising the minimum age of sale for all tobacco products to 21, as part of a strong tobacco control policy program.
Raising the minimum age of sale for cigarettes and all tobacco products to 21 is a critical tool that can help end the tobacco epidemic.
Tobacco remains the number one cause of preventable death and disease in this country, with nearly 500,000 premature deaths a year due to tobacco use. In 2014, the Surgeon General estimated that if tobacco use trends remain on this path, 5.6 million U.S. youth will die prematurely due to smoking. Truth Initiative is committed to creating a world where tobacco is a thing of the past and achieving a culture where youth and young adults reject tobacco. Because most tobacco users start before 18, and nearly all start before age 25, reducing youth access to tobacco is a key tool in accomplishing our mission.
Here is the truth on why we support raising the minimum age of sale for all tobacco products to 21.