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Delaware Becomes Twelfth State in Nation to Increase Tobacco Selling Age to 21

(April 17, 2019) - NEWARK, De.

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Today, Governor John Carney signed Senate Bill 25 into law raising the legal sales age of tobacco products to 21. The American Lung Association praises state lawmakers for passing the law, known as Tobacco 21, that is vital to community health.

“Today is a landmark day for the health of Delaware residents. As the twelfth state to sign into law Tobacco 21 legislation, Delaware is on the cutting edge of modern healthcare policy,” said Deborah Brown, chief mission officer of the Lung Association. “Governor Carney and the state legislators who supported this law proved that they are truly focused on the health of their constituents. With the youth e-cigarette epidemic, and the rise of easily concealable and fruit- and candy-flavored tobacco products, Tobacco 21 is now more important than ever. This law protects children, reduces smoking rates, saves on healthcare costs and saves lives. The Lung Association will continue our work in fighting for this law across the nation.”

“The American Lung Association in Delaware recognizes Governor Carney, Senator Townsend, Representative Minor Brown and state legislators for taking this important step to protect public health and our youth and young adults,” said Brown. “While this is a huge win for health in Delaware, there is still work to do to protect our citizens from the death and disease associated with tobacco use.”

Since nearly 95 percent of adult smokers report trying their first cigarette before the age of 21, raising the legal sales age can prevent young people from ever starting.

Tobacco 21 will go into effect later this year in July. Delaware becomes the twelfth state in the Union to adopt the law, joining Arkansas, California, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Oregon, Utah, Virginia and Washington.


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