Tobacco 21

Tennesseans support significant tobacco, vape-related policy changes

From the Lebanon Democrat—NashvilleHealth, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and CityHealth recently released new poll results that showed a strong majority of Tennesseans in favor of raising the tobacco sale age to 21, and an overwhelming majority said vaping products and electronic cigarettes should be included in the law.

Poll shows support for raising tobacco sale age in Tennessee

From ClarksvilleNow.com—NASHVILLE, Tenn. – NashvilleHealth, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and CityHealth recently released new poll results that show a strong majority of Tennesseans are in favor of raising the tobacco sale age to 21, with an overwhelming majority saying vaping products and electronic cigarettes should be included in the law.

Smoking age to 21? Tennessee strongly supports the plan, says new poll

From The Tennessean—Nearly two thirds of Tennesseans favor raising the legal age for smoking tobacco and e-cigarettes from 18 to 21, a dramatic shift in what has long been one of the nation’s most smoking-friendly states, according to a new poll from Nashville health leaders.

KENS5 News: San Antonio considers raising legal age for tobacco to 21

September 15, 2017

San Antonio could become the first city in Texas to raise the legal age to purchase and consume tobacco from 18 to 21.

San Antonio could become the first city in Texas to raise the legal age to purchase and consume tobacco from 18 to 21.

The change could happen as soon as the end of this year. Metro Health plans to recommend to city council to raise the legal age in October.

"It protects kids, the vast majority of kids who are under 18 currently get their tobacco products from kids who are 18 to 20 so if we raise the age to 21 then we cut off a source of smoking for kids even younger than 18," Colleen Bridger, director of Metropolitan Health District said.

According to CityHealth, 13 of the 40 biggest cities in the United States have already done it. Studies show most lifelong smokers start before they turn 21.

A Robert Johnson Foundation study shows 13 percent of adults in Bexar County are smokers, slightly below the Texas average of 15 percent. Reaction in San Antonio to the proposal is mixed.

"I think it would be a very good idea to change the age. I mean to ban them would be even better," one woman said.

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WTTW Chicago Tonight: Chicago Ranked As One of the Healthiest Cities in the US

Kristen Thometz | February 17, 2017

The Windy City is the gold standard for health and well-being, according to an assessment of city policies aimed at improving residents’ health.

A new initiative by the de Beaumont Foundation, aptly named CityHealth, assessed the country’s top 40 cities on nine policies it identified as key to improving health and well-being.

"We want every person, in every city, to live the healthiest possible life and we've identified ways that cities can make significant improvements," Ed Hunter, president and CEO of the de Beaumont Foundation, said in a statement. "Good health extends into every aspect of our lives – from paid sick days to early education, from safe streets to safe food."

Cities were assessed on policies categorized by de Beaumont as such:

  • Paid sick leave
  • High-quality, universal pre-kindergarten
  • Affordable housing/inclusionary zoning
  • Complete streets
  • Alcohol sales control
  • Tobacco 21
  • Clean indoor air
  • Food safety and restaurant inspection
  • Healthy food procurement

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