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Tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the United States and in New Hampshire. To address this enormous toll, the American Lung Association calls for the following actions to be taken by New Hampshire's elected officials:

  1. Pass statewide legislation to raise the retail sales age of tobacco products to 21;
  2. Increase tobacco control program and Quit Line state funding; and
  3. Defend New Hampshire's smokefree laws from rollback attempts.
The 2018 legislative session began with the first statewide effort to raise the retail sales age of tobacco products to 21. Working with youth organizations, the American Lung Association in New Hampshire and partners began educating lawmakers and Granite Staters through the media of the importance of this initiative. The measure received a bipartisan vote of support out of the Senate Health Committee, however, was stalled on the floor of the full Senate.

Seizing the momentum of the statewide initiative, the Lung Association supported the efforts of the youth empowerment program Dover Youth 2 Youth to introduce and pass a local initiative which resulted in Dover becoming the first municipality in the state to pass Tobacco 21. Their efforts have resulted in several other communities beginning to consider local ordinances and paving the way for another statewide initiative in 2019.

The American Lung Association in New Hampshire will continue to work with our coalition partners the New Hampshire Public Health Association, the American Heart Association, Breathe New Hampshire, American Cancer Society and others to advance tobacco control and prevention efforts and defend our successful programs and smokefree policies against rollbacks. As the legislature begins its work in 2019 we will continue to grow our coalition to educate policy makers, business leaders and the media of the importance of the American Lung Association's goals to reduce tobacco use and protect public health

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