American Lung Association Statement on Signing of Historic California Tobacco Control Bills
(May 5, 2016) - Chicago, IL
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Statement of Harold P. Wimmer, National President and CEO of the American Lung Association, in response to the signing of five tobacco control bills into law today by California Governor Jerry Brown:
“The American Lung Association is pleased that Governor Brown decided to protect the health of Californians by signing five important pieces of tobacco control legislation into law today. These public health measures include bills to increase the age of sale of tobacco products to 21 statewide, close loopholes in the state’s smokefree workplace law, and define electronic cigarettes as tobacco products. Passage of these bills will continue to drive down already low adult and youth smoking rates in our country’s largest state. We thank the members of the California legislature for passage of these historic pieces of legislation to protect public health.”
“Of special significance is the legislation that will increase the age of sale of all tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes, to 21. California becomes just the second state after Hawaii to adopt this promising tobacco control policy. Over 80 percent of youth start smoking before the age of 21, and increasing the age of sale to 21 will have a big impact on preventing youth from starting to use tobacco products entirely.”
“Several other states are also considering legislation to increase the age of sale of tobacco products to 21, including Massachusetts, where the state Senate overwhelmingly approved legislation that included an age of sale to 21 provision last week. The American Lung Association urges speedy approval of laws to increase the minimum age for tobacco sales to 21 in all states.”
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About the American Lung Association
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe; to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families; and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Guide Seal, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.