Lauderdale: Valuing the youth over tobacco profits

To the Editor:

 

Thank you to Mayor Gaasch and the other Lauderdale City Council members for raising the tobacco sales age to 21 and restricting the sale of flavored tobacco products.

As a young professional and new member of the community, I appreciate the city taking the initiative to get tobacco products out of high schools.

The facts around this issue are indisputable. Widening the gap between those who can legally buy tobacco will address the pipeline to younger students with little impact on retailers.

Passing these leading tobacco policies sends a clear message that our community values the health and safety of our youth. Research shows these steps will reduce youth access and appeal to tobacco. Together, we can prevent future generations from a lifetime of addiction. Lauderdale is now on the map, joining the Tobacco 21 movement of more than 340 localities across the nation, including six states and 14 Minnesota cities. I hope the Legislature is taking notice and protects all kids by passing Tobacco 21 statewide.  

I am proud to live in a city that prioritizes the health of its young residents over tobacco industry profits. 

 

Sarah Smith

Lauderdale

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