In 2015, the Institute of Medicine released a report detailing the significant public health benefits associated with raising the tobacco sales age. While all states have laws prohibiting retailers from selling tobacco to minors, more and more communities are raising their minimum legal sales age (MLSA) to 21. This webinar provides an overview for state and local policymakers, advocates, and others interested in increasing the MLSA for tobacco and related devices and products – such as electronic cigarettes. We highlight the benefits, introduce some of the considerations involved from policy adoption to enforcement, provide an overview of the different approaches available, share existing examples from state and local governments, and discuss some of the legal considerations and potential challenges associated with increasing the age or other tobacco control initiatives.
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Beverly J. May, Regional Advocacy Director for Western Region & Project Manager for Raising Age of Tobacco Purchase to 21, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.
Kerry Malloy Snyder, Assistant Director, Public Health and Tobacco Policy Center.
Scott M. Kelly, Staff Attorney, Tobacco Control Legal Consortium at the Public Health Law Center.
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