Tobacco 21

T21.LogoTobacco 21 is an amendment to raise the age to purchase tobacco products from eighteen to twenty-one. Ten counties including: Albany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Cortland, Onondaga, Orange, Schenectady, Suffolk, Sullivan, Tompkins, and New York City have passed this amendment in New York State.

The reasons behind Tobacco 21 in Allegany County:

  • Tobacco products contain nicotine, which is a highly addictive substance and changes how the adolescent brain develops.
  • The average age of a new smoker in New York State is 13 years old.
  • The earlier someone starts smoking the harder it is to quit and can lead to other drug use in the future.
  • Smoking among high schoolers in Allegany County is 8.2%, which is higher than the New York State average of 4.7%.
  • Almost ¼ of high school students reported use of some form of a tobacco product eg (Cigarettes, Chew, Cigars, Cigarillos, E-cigarettes).
  • The 2013-2014 BRFS Report states that Allegany County has the sixth highest smoking rate among adults in New York State.
  • Cancer is the highest cause of death in Allegany County followed by heart disease, stroke and lower respiratory disease, which are all can be caused by tobacco use.

 

Tobacco 21 Survey

 

Resources

Military Costs Due to Tobacco Use

Real Cost of Smoking by State

Tobacco 21

Tobacco 21 Allegany County Fact Sheet

Tobacco 21 Fact Sheet

Youth Tobacco Use in Allegany County

 

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