CURRENT ISSUES

These are the priority areas right now in the fight against tobacco.

 

Tobacco Retail Licensing, Flavors and Couponing Regulations

Tobacco Retail Licensing, Flavors & Couponing Regulations
There are a number of issues occurring at the point of sale that contribute to continued tobacco use and youth smoking, including lax enforcement of retail sales regulations, the marketing of colorful flavored tobacco products, and couponing and other discounts.  Understanding these issues can lead to better enforcement and lower youth smoking rates.

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Tobacco 21 (Raising the Minimum Age from 18 to 21)

Tobacco 21 (Raising the Minimum Age from 18 to 21)
If someone reaches the age of 21 without becoming a smoker, there’s only a 2% chance they will start. Raising the minimum smoking age is an effective way to reduce smoking rates and stop the next generation of smokers before they start. That’s why it’s one of the most important current issues for tobacco control advocates. Here in Rhode Island, Central Falls is leading the way as the first city in the state to raise the smoking age.

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Adding Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems Products to Existing Policies, Ordinances & Legislation

Adding Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems Products
to Existing Policies, Ordinances & Legislation

The development and marketing of tobacco-products moves much more quickly than the legislative process – that means trending products like e-cigarettes often slip through loopholes in existing laws and ordinances.

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