Tobacco use remains the #1 cause of preventable death and youth tobacco use rates are unacceptably high with new users starting every day. Nearly 95 percent of adults who smoke started smoking before the age of 21. At current rates, 61,000 Kansas kids alive today will die prematurely from smoking. According to the Institute of Medicine, raising the sale age of tobacco products to 21 could reduce the prevalence of smoking by 12%, saving thousands of lives and millions of dollars.
Raise The Age KS is a statewide effort led by diverse health groups including KAFP to decrease youth tobacco use by increasing the age of sale for all tobacco products to 21.
You have two opportunities to join this effort to protect KS kids through Raise the Age KS:
We hope you’ll lend your voice and urge your clinic, hospital, schools, church and other organizations in which you’re involved to decrease youth tobacco use by increasing the age of sale for all tobacco products to 21 through Raise the Age KS!
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