Sign the petition: Protect Rhode Island kids from the health risks of tobacco!

  • The tobacco industry spends $26.7 million each year, about $25 per Rhode Island resident every year to market their deadly products in our state. And yet, Rhode Island spends less than 35 cents per resident, less than the cost of a postage stamp, to help tobacco users quit and prevent kids from starting.
  • Meanwhile, 300 Rhode Island kids become new daily smokers each year, and the e-cigarette use rate among Rhode Island high schoolers is almost twice the national average.
  • In Rhode Island, 28.3% of all cancer deaths are attributable to smoking.

That's why I'm calling on Rhode Island lawmakers to take a stand against Big Tobacco by:

1. Increasing state funding for Rhode Island's tobacco control program to $3.2 million in this year's budget, with regular increases over time until the program is fully funded

2. Raising the sale age for all tobacco products in our state, including e-cigarettes, from 18 to 21.

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