Citizens for Tobacco Rights Supports Reasonable Regulations
Citizens for Tobacco Rights exists to keep adult tobacco consumers informed about proposed taxes and regulations that could impact them and provide resources to our members to speak out with a unified voice about proposed and implemented policies that unfairly burden adults who choose to smoke or dip.
Citizens for Tobacco Rights also supports reasonable regulations that ensure tobacco products are only available to adults and are not sold by anyone other than licensed and regulated tobacco retailers.
Tobacco products should only be available to adults and sold by licensed and regulated tobacco retailers. Citizens for Tobacco Rights supports fully restricting the sale of all tobacco products to minors, as well as strict enforcement of these restrictions by state and municipal authorities.
These efforts by political leaders, tobacco companies, and retailers have driven underage use of conventional tobacco products to historic lows. But in light of recent increases in e-vapor product use among minors, Citizens for Tobacco Rights believes the time has come to enact legislation to raise the minimum age of purchase for all tobacco products from 18 to 21. We believe that raising the minimum age to purchase tobacco products, including e-vapor, to 21 is the most effective action to reverse rising underage e-vapor usage rates, and we believe this action will help preserve the harm reduction opportunity that these types of products present to adult smokers.
The number one way kids today get access to tobacco products is by obtaining them from legal age purchasers. Approximately 80% of high school students in the U.S. turn 18 years old before graduation. By raising the minimum age to 21, high school students will not be able to purchase tobacco products legally, adding another hurdle to help reduce social access.
Limiting the sale of tobacco products to licensed retailers not only helps to ensure that tobacco products are only available to adults, but also does not become a source of revenue for criminal enterprises.
Citizens for Tobacco Rights supports tools and legislation that effectively address the growing issue of the illicit tobacco trade. Unchecked, the illicit tobacco trade hurts law abiding businesses, diverts anticipated government tax revenue, exposes minors to tobacco products and increases crime in our communities.