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Event Recap – Tobacco 21 in Kansas: Local Efforts to Regulate Age of Smokers and Vapers (March 2019)

By Carlie J. Houchen, M.P.H., Hina B. Shah, M.P.H. | March 20, 2019

Event Recap – Tobacco 21 in Kansas: Local Efforts to Regulate Age of Smokers and Vapers (March 2019)
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.

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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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The Kansas Health Institute supports effective policymaking through nonpartisan research, education and engagement. KHI believes evidence-based information, objective analysis and civil dialogue enable policy leaders to be champions for a healthier Kansas. Established in 1995 with a multiyear grant from the Kansas Health Foundation, KHI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization based in Topeka.