"18 to 24 year olds will be '[c]ritical to long term brand vitality as consumption increases with age.'" -- U.S. V. Philip Morris USA, Inc.
In Oahu, we face tough issues head-on, and we work hard to protect our community. We believe that young adults smoking at more than twice the rate of our youth is an issue that must be addressed. If a person can make it to their 21st birthday without becoming addicted to tobacco, they are much more likely to live their entire lives tobacco-free. Let’s raise the age of sale—together.
We should do everything we can to prevent smoking and other tobacco use among young people – it saves lives.
71% of Oahu voters support raising the legal sale age for tobacco products to age 21.
95% of all adult smokers start smoking before the age of 21.
400,000 people die every year from tobacco use in the United States, including 1,100 in Hawai`i.
5,600 kids in Hawai’i try smoking for the first time each year.
Another 1,400 kids in Hawai’i become regular smokers each year.
On Oahu, the rate of smoking between the ages of 18-24 tripled from 8.6% in 2010 to 23.9% in 2011 and has continued to climb.
Delaying the age when young people first begin using tobacco would reduce the risk that they will become addicted tobacco users.
Tobacco use causes $96 billion in health care costs in the U.S. each year, including $336 million in the State of Hawai`i.
Young people are more sensitive to nicotine’s addictiveness and can become addicted more quickly than adults.
Individuals who start smoking at younger ages are more likely to smoke as adults and are also among the heaviest users.
Young people who smoke are at risk for immediate health problems such as increased blood pressure, asthma and reduced lung growth.
Tobacco companies target kids and young adults – they know that’s when most users become addicted to tobacco.
Tobacco companies spend $24 million every day to promote their deadly products—much of that marketing directly influences young adults.
According to the Surgeon General (2012), tobacco company marketing causes the onset and continuation of smoking among kids and young adults.
Tobacco companies continue to market smokeless tobacco, little cigars and electronic cigarettes in kid-friendly flavors, like cherry and pina colada.
Tobacco companies continue to market their cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products in magazines with large numbers of youth readers.
Tobacco companies know that targeting college-aged youth will also appeal to underage audiences, who look up to young adults as role models.
Raising the legal sale age for tobacco would help keep tobacco out of schools and reduce the chance that a young adult will be able to legally purchase tobacco products for underage friends.
Smoking during youth is also associated with an increased likelihood of using illegal drugs.
Tobacco companies admit that increasing the legal sale age for tobacco will reduce smoking.
71% of Oahu voters support raising the legal age to buy tobacco products to 21.
These hearing dates are TENTATIVE and may change:
August 13, 2014 – First reading
September 10, 2014- Second reading
October 8, 2014- Third reading
November 12, 2014- Fourth reading
December 10, 2014- Last reading
The latest developments on our campaign to raise the age and save lives.
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