Advocate for Tobacco 21
Increasing the minimum age of sale for tobacco products to at least 21 years old will reduce tobacco use and contribute to the health of our tobacco-free communities. California, Hawaii, New Jersey and the District of Columbia have raised the minimum age for sale of all tobacco products to 21 and you can help us in encouraging Congress to do the same across the United States.
A national sales age of 21 for alcohol sales resulted in reduced alcohol consumption among youth. It's predicted that raising the national sales age for tobacco products will have similar effects.
- 94% of adult smokers had their first cigarette before turning 21.
- 81% of smokers had their first cigarette before the age of 18.
- Many kids start smoking at age 11 and some are addicted by age 14.
There are bills in Congress that would increase the age of sale to 21 nationwide, and we need your help getting Members of Congress to co-sponsor the bill. Please encourage your Members of Congress to co-sponsor bills in the Senate and House of Representatives today!
Page Last Updated: July 25, 2017