American Lung Association applauds San Antonio City Councils Passage of Tobacco 21 Ordinance
(January 11, 2018) -
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The American Lung Association in Texas lauds the San Antonio City Council for passing an ordinance that raises the age of sale of tobacco products to 21, also called Tobacco 21. Five states and more than 280 communities have already passed Tobacco 21 laws. San Antonio is the first state in Texas to pass such a law.
“The key to reducing the number of citizens who smoke and who are sick and die because of tobacco-related diseases is to prevent people from getting hooked on tobacco in the first place,” said JoAnna Strother, the regional director of public policy for the American Lung Association, Southwest Region. “Delaying children and young adults access to tobacco products will reduce the likelihood that they ever start smoking. Raising the smoking age to 21 will largely remove cigarettes from high schools and will help eliminate a popular source of tobacco for children and young adults. This legislation will help prevent a generation of San Antonio residents from becoming addicted to smoking, and we can ultimately save thousands of lives.
“With this is new Tobacco 21 law, San Antonio has become a state leader in significantly reducing youth tobacco use and long-term addiction while also saving save thousands of lives.”
About the American Lung Association in Texas
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 the newly redesigned website: Lung.org.