Promoting Tobacco-Free Living (Tobacco 21)

Goal:  Increase the minimum legal sales age for tobacco products to 21 to reduce tobacco use among youth and young adults.

Action: The American Cancer SocietyTobacco-Free Kids, the American Lung Association, and the American Heart Association, among other local and national organizations, have formed the Maryland Tobacco 21 campaign. The campaign aims to increase the minimum legal sales age for tobacco products to 21 to reduce tobacco use among youth and young adults. The Tobacco 21 strategy includes a social media campaign and educational materials to recruit and mobilize youth and identify legislative champions.

Update: Tobacco 21 legislation was signed by Maryland Governor Hogan and will go into effect October 2019.

 

On May 13, 2019, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan signed House Bill 1169 to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products in the state to 21-years.