Keynote speaker Mark Meaney, J.D., M.A., lead senior staff attorney for technical assistance, Tobacco Control Legal Consortium, Public Health Law Center, presents findings to attendees of Tobacco 21 in Kansas: Local Efforts to Regulate Age of Smokers and Vapers.
Tobacco 21 – or T21 – is a rapidly expanding, grassroots policy approach to youth tobacco use prevention that raises the minimum age of legal access (MLA) to purchase tobacco products from age 18 to 21. Tobacco 21 policies now affect more than 100 million Americans across 425 cities and counties in 25 different states, Washington, D.C., and Guam. Six states – Hawaii, California, New Jersey, Maine, Oregon and Virginia – have statewide T21 policies. Kansas does not have a statewide policy, but 24 localities have passed T21 policies. On February 27, 2019, a conversation about Tobacco 21 was held at the Kansas Health Institute (KHI) among key constituents in Kansas.
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