January 12th, 2018
Rexburg Passes First Reading of Ordinance to Increase Tobacco-Purchasing Age
The American Lung Association’s Tobacco 21 initiative got an endorsement from Rexburg officials when the City Council approved the first reading of an ordinance that would raise the minimum purchasing age for cigarettes in the city from 18 to 21. Rexburg’s Mayor’s Youth Advisory Board is behind the initiative. The Rexburg City Council plans to consider the ordinance again during its upcoming meeting next week.
To learn more about Tobacco 21 efforts all across the country click here.
Pennsylvania Tobacco Prevention and Control Strategic Plan | 2018-2022
The 2018 – 2022 Pennsylvania Tobacco Prevention and Control Strategic Plan is now available! The purpose of this plan is to provide an assessment of current trends and activities in tobacco prevention and control, highlight new and emerging public health priorities, and to provide a framework for the most effective strategies for decreasing the impact of tobacco on Pennsylvanians.
Click here to access the plan directly.
New Legislative Directories are in!
PACT has just received the most up to date legislative directories. These directories provide contact information for PA’s legislators in both the House and the Senate and are a great tool to utilize for advocacy.
If you or anyone in your organization would be interested in acquiring some please contact Erica Saylor.
A new study found that increases in adolescent vaping from 2017 to 2018 were the largest ever recorded in the past 43 years for any adolescent substance use outcome in the U.S.
In just one year e-cigarette use among youth has skyrocketed, increasing by:
90% among 12th graders
96% among 10th graders
74% among 8th graders
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the landmark 1998 legal settlement between the states and the tobacco companies, which required the companies to pay more than $200 billion over time as compensation for tobacco-related health care costs.
The report challenges states to do more to fight tobacco use – the nation’s No. 1 preventable cause of death – and to confront the growing epidemic of youth e-cigarette use in America. In Pennsylvania, 8.7 percent of high school students smoke cigarettes, while 11.3 percent use e-cigarettes. Tobacco use claims 22,000 Pennsylvania lives and costs the state $6.3 billion in health care bills annually.
This week Senator Mario Scavello (PA-40) released a co-sponsorship memo for Tobacco 21. He is actively looking for support in the Senate and plans to introduce legislation in the session starting in the new year. While PACT is still advising that advocates wait until the new year to start their legislative visits, if you have any connections with Senators you think might be interested in support please reach out to PACT and we are happy to connect them with Senator Scavello’s Office.