January 20, 2016
Source: Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City
Tobacco21 policies increase the age of sale for tobacco products to 21. Since most teens report getting their tobacco products from older teens, Tobacco21 policies cut off the supply chain to reduce teen smoking. Over
80% of area high school seniors are older than 18 on graduation day; they are the supply chain for those below 18. Delaying youth tobacco use until after age 21 decreases the likelihood of addiction. In fact, those who have had their first cigarette by age 18 are twice as likely to become lifelong smokers as those who have not tried smoking by age 21.