(SAVANNAH, GA) Georgia Department of Health’s Coastal Health District and Healthy Savannah are launching a brand new marketing campaign with Savannah space retailers to remind the general public of Georgia’s Tobacco 21 Law that prohibits tobacco and vaping merchandise from being bought to anybody beneath 21 years of age. The marketing campaign additionally offers assets to younger individuals and others fascinated with quitting.
Tobacco use is the main explanation for preventable and untimely dying within the United States. Nearly all tobacco use begins throughout youth and younger maturity. People who start smoking at a younger age usually tend to develop into addicted, to progress to each day smoking, and to smoke extra closely in maturity. In addition, using nicotine by adolescents and younger adults can hurt the growing mind, together with the components of the mind that management consideration, studying, temper, and impulse management.
Georgia’s Tobacco 21 Law was handed in July 2020, making it illegal for any particular person to promote or barter, instantly or not directly any cigarettes, tobacco merchandise, tobacco-related objects, different nicotine merchandise, or vapor merchandise to any particular person beneath the age of 21. The regulation additionally makes it illegal for anybody beneath 21 to buy such merchandise or for anybody to buy such merchandise for these beneath 21. It additionally prohibits vaping inside a college security zone.
The state regulation aligns with a 2019 modification to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act that raised the minimal authorized gross sales age for tobacco merchandise from 18 to 21 years. At the time, of the 34 million adults who smoked cigarettes, 9 out of 10 who smoked each day had first began smoking by age 18. After age 25, virtually no adults started smoking or transitioned to each day smoking.
According to the Institute of Medicine’s 2015 report, by rising the minimal authorized gross sales age for tobacco merchandise to 21 years, it’s projected that:
● Tobacco use will lower by 12 p.c by the point as we speak’s youngsters develop into adults; smoking-related deaths will lower by 10 p.c.
● Smoking initiation might be lowered by 25 p.c for 15–17-year-olds and by 15 p.c for 18–20-year-olds.
● Nationwide, 223,000 untimely deaths might be prevented amongst individuals born between 2000 and 2019, together with 50,000 fewer deaths from lung most cancers.
In addition to the well being advantages of implementing the Tobacco 21 Law, the Coastal Health District, Healthy Savannah and native retailers need the general public to know that there are severe penalties for violating the regulation. Any particular person vendor who violates the Tobacco 21 regulation in Georgia is responsible of a misdemeanor and anybody beneath 21 who violates the regulation might be required to carry out neighborhood service and could also be topic to different penalties together with suspension of their driver’s license.
Business homeowners who promote tobacco merchandise should additionally publish signage that states: SALE OF CIGARETTES, TOBACCO, TOBACCO PRODUCTS, TOBACCO RELATED OBJECTS, ALTERNATIVE NICOTINE PRODUCTS, OR VAPOR PRODUCTS TO INDIVIDUALS UNDER 21 YEARS OF AGE IS PROHIBITED BY LAW.
The Coastal Health District can be encouraging younger individuals and others who need to give up smoking or vaping to know that assistance is only a cellphone name or textual content away. The Georgia Tobacco Quit Line at (877) 270-STOP is a FREE evidence-based public well being service in a wide range of languages offering phone, textual content, and web-based counseling providers to any tobacco person 13 years and older. The service provides cessation (quitting) providers, referrals to neighborhood assets and a free 4-week provide of nicotine alternative remedy gums or patches for certified Georgia residents.
Those who need to take step one towards a more healthy life by ditching their vape may also get confidential, 24/7 help via #ThisIsQuitting by texting VAPEFREEGA to 88709.
For Healthy Savannah, this present marketing campaign to lift consciousness of the Tobacco 21 regulation aligns with the group’s lengthy historical past of striving to lift well being outcomes throughout the Savannah space. In 2010, Healthy Savannah carried out the “BreatheEasy Savannah” marketing campaign to move Savannah’s Smoke-Free Smoke-Free Air Ordinance, which prohibits smoking from all the metropolis’s public locations and workplaces.
For extra info:
Coastal Healthy District Tobacco 21 Law: https://coastalhealthdistrict.org/tobacco-21-law/
Georgia Quit Line: https://dph.georgia.gov/readytoquit