Resolution for consideration at the October 17, 2018 General Meeting:
Resolution Supporting Raising the Legal Sales Age for Tobacco & Vapor Products from 18 to 21
WHEREAS, tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable death in the United States, killing more than 8,300 Washingtonians each year, and causing cancer, heart disease, and respiratory diseases, among other health disorders, that add an estimated $2.81 billion in annual health care costs in Washington alone;
WHEREAS, about 95 percent of adult smokers begin smoking before they turn 21;
WHEREAS, adolescence and young adulthood are critical periods of growth and development, and exposure to nicotine has lasting, adverse consequences on brain development;
WHEREAS, the Surgeon General has stated that “e-cigarette use poses a significant – and avoidable – health risk to young people in the United States. Besides increasing the possibility of addiction and long-term harm to brain development and respiratory health, e-cigarette use is associated with the use of other tobacco products that can do even more damage to the body”;
Full text in printable pdf format here: Tobacco Resolution Oct 2018Read more
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