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American Lung Association Applauds Governor for Pursuing Tobacco 21; Advocates for More to Stop Youth Tobacco Use

(December 10, 2019) - INDIANAPOLIS

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Jill Thompson
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312-940-7001

Today, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb announced his 2020 policy agenda, which includes a Tobacco 21 bill that would raise the legal sales age of tobacco products from 18 to 21.

The American Lung Association in Indiana commends the governor for announcing action to prevent youth tobacco and e-cigarette use.

“Thank you to Governor Holcomb for supporting and advocating for Tobacco 21, which is proven to reduce smoking rates and will have a tremendous impact on the youth e-cigarette epidemic happening in Indiana and across the country.

“More than 100,000 young Hoosiers use tobacco products, so we need to take immediate action to address this public health crisis. We are concerned about losing another generation to addictive and deadly tobacco products. Raising the sales age of tobacco products to 21 is a crucial policy change that will help keep all tobacco products, like e-cigarettes, out of schools.

“The Lung Association urges state legislators to support Tobacco 21, and push for more laws to reduce tobacco use in Indiana, like increasing the tax on all tobacco products, ending the sale of flavored tobacco products, and holding retailers accountable for selling tobacco to minors. We also advocate for more youth and parent education about e-cigarettes by fully funding state tobacco prevention and education programs at levels recommended by CDC.

“Especially in light of the youth vaping epidemic, the Lung Association remains deeply concerned about the injuries and deaths attributed to vaping across the country, including here in Indiana. We warn that no one should use e-cigarettes because they can cause irreversible lung damage and lung disease.”

To date, 19 states and Washington, D.C. that have passed Tobacco 21 laws, along with hundreds of communities nationwide.

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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 coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and a Gold-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.

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